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My first dance group…

My new printer is finally hooked up and working great! The other day I started scanning photos and it went so well, I almost forgot to go to bed! Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend…. heehee

The photos are old ones of my folk dance classes, in particular the FIRST group I taught in the mid 70’s. It was a group of young people, all members of the Catholic Youth Group of our local church. I got an interest in scanning them after meeting Monika. Eh, I think I forgot to tell y’all about Monika….

Last Thursday I stopped my daughter’s new apartment on my way to dance class. I was early and she was off bringing the kids to gym class. Since I had some time to kill, I thought I’d take my camera and go for a walk around the area. I got out of the car and saw a couple walking my way. The gal and I stopped dead in our tracks…. we both recognised each other immediately, in spite of having seen each other once in the past 30 yrs! It was Monika, one of the young gals from that afore mentioned dance class! We fell into each others arms, then she introduced me to her hubby. They actually intended to walk a different route, but like with me (I had almost stopped at a local café for coffee but didn’t), fate made our path’s cross. As it turns out, she now lives just around the corner from Regina’s new apartment.

Soon Regina arrived and I asked her if she remembered Monika. She thought a moment but couldn’t place her (well, she was just a baby back then). When I told her it was “Mo-kee-da” she knew who I meant! You see, Monika used to babysit Carsten and Regina and Carsten couldn’t pronounce “Monika” but would say “Mo-kee-ka” instead! This was so fun.

Anyway… this is the picture I took way back when (yes, that’s me front row center lol), 1975:

Monika is back row, third from the right. And this is her leaving the stage after my group performed a Can-Can for a Fasching (carnival/mardi gras) event:

and she hasn’t changed a bit!

Have a great weekend everyone!


P.S. I made those Can-Can costumes, as well as the guy’s shirts in the top photo.


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