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  •  I was a student in Germany from Dec 1971 to (1+ / 0-)
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    July 1972. Germans were just coming to grips with the Holocaust at the same time the US was trying to extricate itself from Vietnam. For the most part, the adults with whom I interacted were still appreciative of what the US had done for them after WW2, but my classmates were more dismissive of the US. I remember one friend (he was quite a jokester and liked to push my buttons) handed me a piece of paper on which was written:

                S   A  U
                A   U   S
                U   S   A

    which was "going viral" among German youth. It can be read right to left and top to bottom. A clever way to sum up their feelings about a lot of the Americans they ran into. I am pleased that they considered me one of them, though, and I routinely heard from my dorm mother reports from the villagers about how polite "those American exchange students were" (there were four of us).

    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

    by marleycat on Fri May 09, 2014 at 05:59:10 AM PDT

    •  I don't get it. (0+ / 0-)

      Would you please explain it?

      •  Sorry. Roughly translated: (0+ / 0-)

          P  I  G
         F  R  O  M    (out of)
           U  S  A

        A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

        by marleycat on Fri May 09, 2014 at 03:57:05 PM PDT

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      •  Also sorry it took me so long to reply. I have (0+ / 0-)

        been out in the garden all day.

        A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

        by marleycat on Fri May 09, 2014 at 03:58:58 PM PDT

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        •  Sorry it took me so long to thank you! (0+ / 0-)

          Hope your garden is doing well -- Mr. L & I got some really good spring clean-up done this weekend, and the best part is walking around afterwards admiring our work!

          •  :-) (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm eating lunch from my vegetable garden today - mostly lettuce, some radishes, and asparagus. I totally agree with the part about walking around afterwards and admiring one's work. Our yard is a work in progress, and has been for years, but it's amazing to see how much we have accomplished. Happy gardening! (I'd like to tip your comment but I am a day late and a dollar short.)

            A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

            by marleycat on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:27:51 AM PDT

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