41 comments

  1. Amy · December 4, 2018

    It is so sweet to read this entry where you two are together and fully engaged—in both senses of the word. What a wonderful love story. I would think most people your age would never have survived such a long distance relationship as loomed ahead for you two, but obviously your love was very deep and very true—and it seems it still is over 50 years later!

    But really, Peter—you didn’t think she also wanted a ring? Tsk, tsk.

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    • Peter Klopp · December 4, 2018

      Thank you, Amy, for your wonderful comment on our most unusual love story. Alas, the need for a ring never occurred to me, an indication of how ignorant I was about social conventions.

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      • Amy · December 4, 2018

        Well, you were young! At least you had the ability to articulate your feelings, not something most young men your age can do.

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      • Peter Klopp · December 5, 2018

        Here one could write a post on the lost art of letter writing. When being together with Biene, I was like most other young men. But writing to her was altogether different, yes, I really put my feelings into the forefront of my letters. Thanks for this wonderful comment, Amy!

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  2. hjh1311 · December 4, 2018

    As I told you, some images are mirrored.

    > WordPress.com The Peter and Gertrud Klopp Family Project h

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  3. Jodi · December 4, 2018

    Oh Peter!! So sweet to read- and the photos just show your joy and love!!!

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  4. Jodi · December 4, 2018

    And oh how lovely to listen to you play the music for biene! It must’ve melted her heart. And so much more of a feat to accomplish before cell phones! You are such a romantic. 😉

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    • Peter Klopp · December 4, 2018

      One needed to be more creative in the non.digital era of the 60’s.

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  5. Pure Glory · December 4, 2018

    What a wonderful story of your blossoming love for each other. Both of you have quite a romantic bent. Although you were not so aware of social conventions like engagement rings! I am so glad it all ended well! The happiness on both of your faces is wonderful to behold.

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  6. arv! · December 4, 2018

    I’m sure sitting quietly with a young lady on the train must have been an uncomfortable situation, as you mentioned. That picture of you and Biene together is such a sweet picture and so is playing the guitar.

    Of late, your post has become longer, a contrast from previous ones. Any particular reason?

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    • Peter Klopp · December 5, 2018

      When our story came to a happy end with Biene’s arrival at the Calgary airport, followers, who had missed the beginning asked for republishing the part of the book from the time, when we first met. To speed things up, I post the story one full long chapter at a time. Thanks for being so observing, Arv!

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      • arv! · December 5, 2018

        I think I have also missed many sections because there are many things which I was not aware. Thanks for posting and giving us the flavor of the world that we have never seen. 🙂

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      • Peter Klopp · December 5, 2018

        You are very welcome, Arv!

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  7. Sartenada · December 5, 2018

    What a great story continues thru Your lovely post. Thank You.

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  8. kopfundgestalt · December 5, 2018

    Ein großartiges Foto der Mutter!
    Und je mehr Fotos von Biene ich sehe, umso mehr kann ich verstehen, daß Du in sie verliebt warst. Eine sehr anziehende Frau!

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  9. Des · December 5, 2018

    Peter, thank-you for sharing everything here. The guitar playing, the pictures and the most heartfelt letters as you and Biene’s lives began to merge forever. It’s such a beautiful story, and yet, maybe a foreign concept for a lot of people like me to grasp. I can understand why you were so overwhelmed as you began to reread all those letters, reliving the genesis of love and commitment between two people as they begin to plan out their lives together. It’s been a truly remarkable story to follow! Des

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    • Peter Klopp · December 5, 2018

      If it hadn’t been for those heartfelt letters and the photos, which brought wondrously the past events back to my memories, I would not have been able to describe in such minute details and with such clarity the complicated path to our joint venture in Canada. Thank you, Des, for your kind and insightful comment!

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  10. Stella, oh, Stella · December 5, 2018

    I love the photo of your mother. She has noble features and such a sweet smile!
    So has Biene actually, though in a different way. You two look adorable together … 😉

    From your vision of your joint future I understand that you intended her to stay at home and not work?

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    • Peter Klopp · December 5, 2018

      You guessed it, Brigit. That was our vision for Biene staying at home adopting the nurturing role for the first 30 years of our marital life. Then in the eighties, she took on distance courses with the University of Waterloo and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature with distinction. Now at age 73, she is still working as a TA in a neighbouring school. Two dreams fulfilled …

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  11. Edda · December 5, 2018

    Obwohl ich ja,wie Du schon geschrieben hast, Eure “Love story” bereits kenne, fesselt sie mich doch immer wieder. Die Geschichte mit dem Ring zum Beispiel ist mir noch sehr gut in Erinnerung. Der heimliche Wunsch von Biene, Du mögest doch auf den Gedanken kommen, ihr auch einen Ring zu schenken…Ich kann mich da so gut in sie hineinversetzen… Übrigens gab es da zwischen Dieter und mir anfangs ebenfalls mal ein ähnliches Mißverständnis…nur daß damals i c h auf der langen Leitung stand…🙆
    Die Briefe, die Ihr Euch geschrieben habt, sind wirklich druckreif, ein Goethe hätte es nicht besser gekonnt.. Einfach schön..👍
    Und musikalisch konntet Ihr Euch auch gegenseitig eine Freude machen .
    Eure Fotos strahlen wirklich so viel Liebe und Freude aus!
    Das Foto Deiner Mutter könnte ich auch immer wieder betrachten!
    Ebenso das Bild mit Biene und ihrem Zwillingsbruder..
    Wie ist es ihm eigentlich später ergangen?
    Er war ja dann oft bei Euch und Euren Kindern ..
    Aber das ist sicher eine andere Geschichte. Es würde mich aber sehr interessieren..
    Eine schöne Adventszeit für beide!
    Edda

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    • Peter Klopp · December 5, 2018

      Ja, wie Walter sich aus einem beinahe virulenten Gegner unserer Kanadapläne zu einem lieben Hausfreund und häufigen Besucher entwickelt hat, ist eine andere Geschichte. Wer weiß, ob ich da noch dazu komme, darüber zu schreiben. Er hat mit seiner Krebskrankheit ein tragisches Ende genommen. Er starb nach einem heldenhaften Kampf im Alter von nur 49 Jahren.
      Auch ich möchte euch eine Frohe und Gesegnete Adventszeit wünschen.
      Peter

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      • Edda · December 5, 2018

        Ist das traurig! Ganz schlimm finde ich das…
        Meine Mutti starb auch im Alter von 49 Jahren an Krebs…Eine verfluchte Krankheit…

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      • Peter Klopp · December 5, 2018

        Ja, so ist es.

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  12. www.corneliaweber-photography.com · December 5, 2018

    What a most romantic and beautiful chapter in your’s and Biene’s life, your writing is just beautiful and expresses more than words can do, if you know what I mean. Ich wuensche Euch eine schoene Adventszeit, liebste Gruesse aus California, we are blessed with decent rain these days, much needed.

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    • Peter Klopp · December 6, 2018

      I am glad you you finally got the rain you needed so badly in California. Thank you for your kind words, Cornelia!

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  13. Ann Coleman · December 6, 2018

    That is the sweetest and most endearing engagement story I have ever read. I know (since I’ve read later parts of your story) that there were bumps in the road before Biene made it to Canada to become your wife, but I can’t help but think that the thoughts you expressed to each other at this time laid the foundation for a very, very strong marriage and a very happy life together!

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    • Dina · January 7, 2019

      What a lovely comment. I agree wholeheartedly with you, Ann.

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  14. Dina · January 7, 2019

    So many precious, absolutely fabulous photos and a heartwarming story, dear Peter. A true joy to read. ❤

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    • Peter Klopp · January 8, 2019

      Thank you for this veritable wave of kindness coming from the Fab Four of Cley! Reading all your comments and receiving all your likes was like a belated Christmas present for me. I am both humbled and honoured. Thanks again!

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