Chapter 35 of the Peter and Gertrud Klopp Story – Part II

Biene at the Keglers April 65

From Left to Right: Helga Kegler, Aunt Mieze, Mother, Biene, Peter and my Sister Eka –

Waiting for a Sign of Life from Biene

A Unique Kind of Love – Part 2

In April of 1965, Biene’s parents gave her permission to see me one last time, before I emigrated to Canada. It surprised me at the time that they were so generous as to grant her several days to be with me. Later on it dawned on me that they were not counting on our relationship to last with such a long period of separation that lay ahead of us. So a little bit of generosity would help to sweeten for her the farewell, which they expected to be the beginning of the end of her relationship with me.

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Old Mill at Watzenborn-Steinberg (Pohlheim) – 1965

Our rendezvous gave us the last opportunity to be close together at my mother’s place, to feel each other’s presence on our walks over the greening fields, and to hold hands while contemplating our future in blissful anticipation in front of the historic mill in Watzenborn-Steinberg. Experiencing the pleasures of an occasional kiss, given shyly, yet so passionately generated a deeply felt longing, which was to colour and penetrate the sentiments in our correspondence  during our year-long separation. But for their ultimate fulfilment these tender feelings had to wait on the back burner of Father Time, while our fervently written letters brought us nearer to each other on a much higher plane than possible in any other way.

When problems suddenly and unexpectedly sprang up from parental opposition to our wedding plans, our love as if by divine order was tested to the very limits and almost to the point of despair. The crisis also brought to light the two different ways of handling a given problematic situation. Biene was always trying to see the other side, feeling empathy even for people who opposed her decisions, and showing flexibility and openness for alternate solutions and compromises. By contrast, guided by a mathematical mind set, I perceived in human relationships the need to connect two events in the shortest possible manner, deciding on a carefully planned course of action, and once perceived as the right path pursuing it tenaciously and yes, I admit, often stubbornly. While each way has its own peculiar strengths and weaknesses, containing a recipe for rocky and often turbulent times to come, the benefits far outweigh the negative aspects.  As it turned out in the end the two opposite characteristics merged in  a complementary fashion to pave the way to a successful marriage.

 

 

29 comments

  1. Amy · March 16, 2018

    Interesting—sounds like my husband and me, though with the roles reversed, my husband being the more flexible one thinking of all sides, me tending to be more rigid and certain!

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  2. taphian · March 16, 2018

    Every week I’m thrilled by this moving love-story, dear Peter. It’s wonderful that you could have a successful marriage later on. Have a nice weekend, kind regards Mitza

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    • Peter Klopp · March 17, 2018

      Thank you, Mitza! I am so happy to know that you like our story. I hear you have been thrown back to winter in your part of the world. Hopefully, spring will finally come and bring relief. Kind regards! Peter

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      • taphian · March 17, 2018

        Yes, dear Peter, we have a very strong and very cold wind from Siberia right now. No sign of spring. I’m daydreaming about Kefalonia ;( have a nice weekend, too, kind regards Mitza

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  3. thecedarjournal · March 17, 2018

    Peter,
    Your old pictures are very clear and colorful. I am wondering how did you get them to copy so well for your blog? Are you using Photoshop to enhance? The reason why I am asking is my father has scanned several hundred family pictures and none of them look as good as the originals.
    Another wonderful update on your journey.

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    • Peter Klopp · March 17, 2018

      There may be two reasons for the better quality of the images. I have been using an Epson scanner that produces excellent results. Also most of my images are coming from slides, which my scanner also handles very well. Perhaps you need to check the settings of your scanner and make sure the resolution is set to a high level of at least 720 dpi. Hope that helps.

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  4. Edda · March 17, 2018

    Da habt Ihr Euch ja gegenseitig ergänzt,Peter.
    Manchmal ist es eben richtig, hart seine Ziele zu verfolgen, manchmal ist es aber auch wichtig, Kompromisse zu machen. Es kommt eben immer darauf an, welche Vorgehensweise die
    annehmbarste ist. Ist es notwendig, mit harten Bandagen zu kämpfen oder kann eventuell nach einer Vorgehensweise gesucht werden, mit dem andere nicht so verletzt werden, daß kein Weg mehr zu einer Versöhnung besteht.
    Ihr habt es trotz aller Widrigkeiten geschafft, zusammenzuhalten und Euch trotzdem nicht mit Bienes Familie zu überwerfen !👍 Alle Achtung!
    Liebe Grüße aus dem tiefverschneiten Sottmar!!
    Edda

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    • Peter Klopp · March 17, 2018

      Vielen Dank für deine lieben Zeilen Edda! Eine weitere Einsicht in unsere Wesensunterschiede, die ich versäumt habe, im Blog zu erwähnen, ist, dass Biene ganz in der Gegenwart lebt und deswegen den Stürmen des Lebens mehr ausgesetzt ist als ich. Wenn die Dinge mal nicht so laufen, wie man es sich wünscht, kann ich mich trösten mit den schönen Dingen der Vergangenheit und in der Hoffnung leben, das es auch wieder besser wird.
      Wir haben zwar immer noch Berge von Schnee, aber der Winter hat spürbar seinen Rückzug hier in Kanada angetreten. Viele liebe Grüße! Peter

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  5. rabirius · March 17, 2018

    Love the photos!

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  6. Nurul Fitri Lubis · March 17, 2018

    The story is touching me a lot. And I love the picture too, Peter..

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    • Peter Klopp · March 17, 2018

      I am so glad you like the story and that it even touches your heart, Nurul. I appreciate that very much, especially as I know how busy your are.

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  7. Des · March 17, 2018

    I agree with all the other comments, Peter. I also really look forward to each new post. I told my wife about your blog and how much I’ve enjoyed both Biene’s and your writing. “Writing great letters is a lost art”, was her reply. I kind of think she’s right.

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    • Peter Klopp · March 17, 2018

      If we bloggers go beyond the primitive likes and get involved with an intelligent discussion, then there is hope for a revival for letter writing, Des. Greeting from Canada!

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  8. Ann Coleman · March 17, 2018

    Sometimes opposites not only attract, but they balance each other in the most wonderful way!

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    • Peter Klopp · March 17, 2018

      So true in so many personal encounters, and all the more so in a long-lasting relationship.

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  9. kopfundgestalt · March 17, 2018

    Very well written.
    “…was tested to the very limits”. You mean, exactly that contributed to the long-lasting success?!

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    • Peter Klopp · March 17, 2018

      Yes, indeed. Gold tested in extreme heat produces the purest gold. So it was with the test of our love during these most difficult times. It had an enduring effect on our relationship as husband and wife.

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  10. arv! · March 18, 2018

    Love will always find a way! That seems to be the lesson here!

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  11. Tiny · March 19, 2018

    Wonderful read, Peter!

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  12. Brenda Davis Harsham · March 19, 2018

    Sweet that distance made your relationship stronger in the end.

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  13. maryannniemczura · March 20, 2018

    Sigh, but I love happy endings. Love conquered all. 🙂

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  14. Bun Karyudo · March 21, 2018

    Perhaps the fact that each of you had somewhat different instincts when it came to dealing with problems meant that as a couple, a wider range of possible solutions suggested themselves to you. Certainly, you must have been doing something right to have had such a long and happy marriage.

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    • Peter Klopp · March 21, 2018

      You expressed your perception of our differences very well. While they were often cause of disagreement, they were very useful in tackling many problematic situations.

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