Host dad: (to the wrong tune) "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday..."
Host mom: "Nein, nein" (correctly whispering the tune to him)
Host dad: "Ah, ja ja."
Host mom: "Eins, zwei, drei.."
Together: "HAPPY BITHDAY TO YOU... etc"
It was so sweet and only just a little awkward because I was behind the door and still in my pajamas and didn't really know what the appropriate response should be, so I hurridly put my jeans on while concomitantly assuring them I could hear by saying "yaaaaaaay!" and "danke danke!" I came out to find a magnificently set breakfast table and a large tine of marzipan with a freshly cut flower on top of it. Now, for those of you who don't know, Germany is home to my top two favorite candies: one being marzipan and the other being Haribo berries. I had only found out the previous day while touring Lübeck that marzipan originated there. Needless to say I was like a kid in a candy store... because later that day I WAS!
After breakfast was the choir rehearsal for the kids and the other soloists and I took advantage of our free time and walked a bit around Stockelsdorf.
With Sabrina getting ready to make my birthday drink she bought me... or as I referred to it around the campers: Fanta PLUS
We found this poster at one of the banks nearby!
Upon our return I was treated to a surprise singing of happy birthday by all the choir and the chairman of the town presented me with a packed from the men's choir and greetings from all of the Blue Lake choir!!! They had signed it while I was out walking around-- sneaky little biscuits! Another one of the host dads who was at the rehearsal came up to me afterwards and said: "HAPPY NEW YEAR!" which, while not exactly what one might say in the states, the sentiment seemed appropriate nonetheless.
Following is my favorite conversation of the day. I don't know if he stole it from someone else, but it was the first time I had heard it:
Sabrina: "Jack, you need to be careful of what you say. 'People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones,' as they say."
Jack: "What should they throw, then... ... ... *gasp* PARTIES!!!"
The choir's solo program was held that night in yet another beautiful church (jealous much?) and the families had a wonderful reception for us afterwards.
And this was AFTER the evening was over... so much food!