Monday, August 08, 2005

Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh

On Saturday the "Sommerfest" started in the Olympic Park here in Munich. Now, even you linguistic dumbos out there should be able to work out what a "Sommerfest" is..."Sommer" - summer, "-fest" - festival. And the only problem with the Sommerfest this year is that we are not having a summer.

Blustery cold winds, grey pendulous skies, sudden violent rainstorms...it's like bloody England!
And this in Bavaria where the summer normally seems almost to get switched on in June...zee Chermens und zer Eeffitziency...

Yes, the weather last week was awful...all the more amazing then, that my kids, who had gone off to Camp for a week with about 50 other kids, came back on Saturday saying they had had a good time.

Well, when I say "good time".... William (10), my youngest, very sensibly developed a serious case of homesickness and had to be picked up last Monday...a four hour round trip into the wooded Alpine foothills...
But Nicky (21) my oldest, she enjoyed it...well, except, that is for a midweek bladder infection...as she said to me on Saturday, "I could have had a proper holiday!!"
Jimmy, then? (13)...yeah...it was...cool...ok - just that we had to rush him off to hospital on Saturday with a very painful ingrowing toe-nail which had troubled him all week...
But Biddy (18)...she had had a good time? YES! One out of four...not bad really...

Hello Muddah - Hello Fadduh
Here I am at - Camp Granada.
Camp is very - entertaining
And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining.

etc...etc...

-- Original lyrics by Allen Sherman

2 comments:

doris said...

Oh dear. Amazing age range to go away on camp!

My son went on camp to Wales and had one dry day out of a week and was ready to come home by midweek but luckily didn't. Sounds like you had a busy week despite them supposedly being away on camp.

Neutron said...

Hi doris, welcome back. Aye, it was a much busier week than it should have been - and you will know as a parent how much you look forward to those weeks alone! (I know it sounds terrible but it's true!)