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May 2012 - Nr. 5
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

This issue is dedicated to our youth. We attended several events where the young generation was present in abundance. And while we were only able to participate in the more local clubs, namely the Hansa and Danube Swabian clubs, these two sample organisations are good examples of others. The Princess Ball where a Miss Danube is chosen by the youth group itself, the Kindertrachtenfest with participants from the Kitchener Danube Swabian Club, Easter celebrations, the annual Kinderfest at the Hansa Club and the Anniversary dinner there, all Sybille with the Easter Bunnywere occasions when the next generations were shining brightly. Even if the event was not their own they nevertheless enriched the occasion with their learned skills of dancing that warmed everyone’s hearts.

I think it is vital to realize how beneficial it can be for a child to participate in a dance group. When I observe these children, even the smallest ones, I can see that it is important in their upbringing. There is no doubt in my mind that being with other children and interacting with them helps to develop important human skills and influences good behavior at the same time. Learning rhythm and coordinating them with movements, taking care of a dance partner, communication skills, musical abilities all benefit other things in life. Being part of a group fosters feelings of belonging, creates loyalties and understanding of culture and its expressions. We should do everything to foster such activities and that is why we report on them as much as we can.

I hope you are enjoying our accounts of the community events and if you haven’t been to one in a while I recommend you try it again. Reacquaint yourself with one of our grassroots cultural organisations.

On other matters we could discuss the crazy weather we were having. I lugged my Hydrangeas in and out of the house every evening and morning so they would not freeze to death. My tulips did not know that it was still wintry and are blooming in an amazing abundance. We had daffodils for the longest time, and all because it was not too warm. This has to be one of the longest springs in Canadian history.

And we must not forget that we are celebrating Mother’s Day this month of May. Danuta Grigaitis wrote us a few wonderful poems again. We are very grateful to her for sharing her amazing talent with us and you.

On the culinary side we enjoy Bernard’s rhyming poetry, this time with a traditional asparagus recipe with a twist, a touch of cinnamon! What a surprise! We heard he became a grandpa and congratulate him!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the caring moms out there. May you be celebrated the way you deserve!

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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