Honestly folks how does one measure what is and is not appropriate!
Well there we were on a platform in Dortmund, Germany waiting to get on a connection to Berlin. It’s rainy and cold, we are carrying pretty much everything we have on our backs but we are still all very happy after leaving our good friends in Gelsenkirchen. The train before our train approached the station and was there in a waiting pattern for about 5 minutes. There was a cute little blonde girl about 3 years old standing on the seat in the train looking out the window. She started waving at Kendal and me so we waved back; we did this for some time. [I reminisced how Kendal was once that cute little girl with a hardy laugh as she still has. I remembered how she used to call cookies “coo coo’s” and how she loved playing with her dolls for hours on end. Now I look at Kendal and she’s a young lady who’s going into high school and will driving before we know it; how time does fly.] Then this little blonde girl on the train started blowing us kisses (it seemed like she just learned how to do that). So I “very innocently” blew her a kiss.
Amy: What did you just do?
Steve: I blew that little girl a kiss.
Amy: That’s kind of inappropriate isn’t it?
Steve: (thinking) – OMG I can’t believe Amy just said that to me!
All of our backpacks have a connection clasp in the front that goes across our chest and each one has a whistle incorporated in it for safety purposes (you can’t tell by looking at them). Before I could say anything…Keegan put his chin to his chest, put the whistle in his mouth and started blowing it.
Keegan: INAPPROPRIATE MAN, INAPPROPRIATE MAN, INAPPROPRIATE MAN!!! (yelling this while pointing at me and blowing his whistle – you see, this is my son’s humor).
It all happened so fast – my body froze.
Steve: Keegan stop it, are you crazy!!
Amy, Kendal and Keegan were all laughing hysterically (probably because my body completely froze except for my eyes which were racing back and forth at an extremely fast rate). But I was not laughing. I was imagining the little girls Dad hearing Keegan through the windows of the train, getting the cops and now I’m in jail. It wouldn’t be so funny then, would it everyone!?
Steve: Kendal blew her a kiss!
Kendal: No I did not!
Steve: Yes you did, I saw you!
Kendal: No, I waved, I did not blow any kisses!
Amy and Keegan still crying of laughter and again I do not find this funny.
Steve: Kendal, blow her a kiss!
Steve: Blow the kid a kiss!
Kendal: No, why?
Steve: Because then they’ll think we are just a happy family of “kiss blowers”! Just do it or would you rather I go to a German jail!!??
Kendal: Fine! (she reluctantly blows a kiss, the little girl smiles and the train rolls away).
Thank you Kendal!!
Amy and Keegan- we will meet again my laughing friends!!
June 22, 2011 at 8:13 am
Love the commentary, the innocence of the little girl, and the humor in it all that you all share!
June 22, 2011 at 9:28 am
Love it! I would have been right there with Amy and Keegan! I can picture the whole thing! Even the tear in your eye when you were thinking about Kendal…
June 22, 2011 at 9:46 am
I’m so glad we can follow your stories! Gary fills me in on them occasionally and they are always good for a full belly laugh! Have a wonderful adventure.
June 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Must be the Schwalbach humor in them, I found it hilarious as well!
June 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm
That is a hilarious story! Happy to hear you all are having fun! Should the name of the site be changed from “Journeyfor4” to “Kissblowers-r-us”?
June 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm
That was funny, and innocent. Your family knows fun, but they also know payback, right?
June 23, 2011 at 8:29 am
Love your stories. Following this is like watching a sit-com. Hilarious!
June 23, 2011 at 9:03 am
The whole time we were skyping i was expecting someone to blow me a kiss. BUT NO ONE DID 😦
What am I? Chopped liver???? :0
had so much fun skyping with you!
June 23, 2011 at 10:12 am
Nice going Steve! Who do you think you are? Ms. America? Good job Keegan. Keep that whistle handy, buddy.
June 23, 2011 at 10:16 am
My mom read the story to our family and we all started laughing hysterically, and my mom started to cry of laughter. 🙂 We miss you guys sooooo much, but it sounds like you are having soooooooooooo much fun!
June 23, 2011 at 10:22 am
Steve, you naughty boy! That is so funny. I can totally picture it, too!
June 23, 2011 at 11:38 am
Thanks for making me laugh while I”m at work today! Ben and I have enjoyed following your travels. It sounds like you’re off to a great start!
Anthony R. I.
June 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm
Your son is the funniest kid I know!
January 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm
Hahahahaha I love this inappropriate man story. I think it is great that your family can have so much fun together! I am really enjoying reading your blog! (I went back to start reading from the beginning, Alex gave me the link) I hope to do something similar with my future family one day. It is such a great opportunity to learn about the world!
(This is Valerie, the American girl you met with Alex on your first day in Sevilla!)