(Originally posted on Sunday, August 21, 2005)

Not having seen the movie “Meet the Folkers” myself, but hearing about it from Grace (who had seen it), I went into the evening dinner with Isti’s parents with some misgivings… How do we address them? What can we talk about? Will we need every sentence need to be translated, or will my basic German and Isti’s mother’s basic English be enough to carry on basic conversations? Many, many questions and few answers…

Well, things went well… After initial greetings, handshakes, polite kisses, and hugs were exchanged, we sat down to a leisurely dinner that lasted for about three and one half hours. We had a chance to get to know each other, exchange well wishes with the bride and groom, and talking generally about the week’s events.

The big events were going to be the civil ceremony on Friday (13:00) in Isti’s home town Rathaus (City Hall) and the religious ceremony on Saturday afternoon in a 1000 year old church in a town nearby to Isti’s parents… We discussed general itineraries, the family reception planned by the Hungarian relatives on Friday after the civil ceremony, the reception in a quaint little place near the church on Saturday afternoon (which lasted until 5:00 on Sunday morning, and the breakfast planned for Sunday morning… Interspersed in these conversations was the details of when and where we would stay on the day of the wedding and transportation issues…

What an agenda for the first meeting of families! We ordered dinner, took photos, told stories about both the bride and groom… Isti’s younger sister, Judith, was there as well as Heather, our youngest daughter… All in all, we had a very enjoyable time and ended the evening on a relatively high note… Tasha was Tasha and we had very good exchanges with her even though the stress of planning all aspects of the wedding were taking their toll on her; she is quite a remarkable young lady.

We briefly discussed the activities of the week, which did not really include any more get together of families until Friday. Tasha still didn’t like the idea of us going to Weimar the next day (Wednesday, or Mittag) with Heather, but said that she was glad that we had something to do, since she had work for one of her jobs to finish up… On Thursday (or, Donnerstag), Grace and Heather were to help Tasha package the honey and do other tasks in preparation for the wedding…

All ended well and we did not encounter the disaster that the movie portrayed… In the next posting, I’ll talk more about our activities on Wednesday and Thursday…

Jerry