Archive for Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Letter: Local community leaves footprint on heart of military family

May 5, 2010

To the editor:

I am a lieutenant colonel in the German Army, and in 2008, I got my orders to attend the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth. Leaving families and friends for two years is already hard, but moving to another country without speaking the language very well makes a huge difference. Now, two years later, it is time for us to say goodbye. In May, I am going to graduate and we will go back to Germany.

However, many things have changed for us. First, we have gained a different perspective of the U.S. and its citizens. We truly have enjoyed the atmosphere that Lansing has to offer. The people are interested, open-minded and very friendly. While we were traveling, we drew the same conclusion in other parts of the USA. It goes without question that the hardest part of intercultural understanding is to speak a foreign language. Imbedded in a supportive neighborhood and in Lansing's daily community life have facilitated that process at its best. Finally, in December 2008, our son Jonas was born. He will keep a dual citizenship for a lifetime. As a saying goes, some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. The citizens of Lansing have left such a footprint on our hearts that makes saying goodbye so hard.

Thanks for everything.

Torsten Walter and Family,



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