In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography)
(Copyright 1994, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)
Book Two – The Air Force Years (The Adventure Continues)
Chapter 16, Part 1 – A Big Gray Book…
Sometime in the fall of 1984, I decided to take a German language course at the University of Maryland extension on Spangdahlem AB, West Germany. I enjoyed living in Europe, and wanted to learn a little basic German to communicate better with my landlords, the village folks in Bruch, and during my many travels in-country and around the Continent.
I thought it would be best to find a tutor to help me learn what turned out to be a very challenging language – especially for me – and remembered that Esther spoke perfect English, and she lived just up the street.
So one day I walked up the street to the Wagner Family’s house with my big, gray German textbook in hand, and asked Esther if she would help tutor me in German. So begins the story of the rest of my life – as now after some 29+ years of marriage together, I have reached that portion of my autobiography where I can begin to tell ‘the rest of the story.’
I went on to take three semesters of German at the University of Maryland, and due to Esther’s proficiency in languages (German, English, Latin and some French), and her insistence in my learning and memorizing vocabulary words through repetition, I went on to 4.0 and ace my classes. These are the photos I took during the summer of 1985, on a day visit Esther and I took to Cologne, or Köln, by train.
This is also the point in my autobiography that I’ll pause for a while, and resume posting my story ‘Jonathan’s Dream (An Adventure Novel)’ for a number of reasons.
First of all, I began writing ‘Jonathan’s Dream (An Adventure Novel)’ in 1984, about the same time as I’m now in as I pause my autobiography. Secondly, as there’s only one of me with so many different projects and stories, I want to begin catching up and posting some of my other works. Lastly, this upcoming portion of my autobiography is a complicated story to tell, and involves many more people than simply myself and my travels and adventures – and I’m not sure I’m ready to begin explaining it all just yet…
‘Jonathan’s Dream (An Adventure Novel)’ is my favorite story, and actually completes my very first real-life adventure when I was just a young boy. It’s also finished in second draft, although I’m editing and adding texture and depth to the story as I post in online.
So now I’ll turn my attention back to the story I love, and stay with it until I’ve completed posting it online. This however, is but the first of Jonathan and Sammy’s many journeys and adventures, and once this book is completed, there will always be another story to tell…
Jonathan’s Amazing Adventures
‘Jonathan’s Dream (An Adventure Novel)’
Cheers! ☼ 🙂 Mark