In Italy, for thirty years, under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed. But they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, and they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
Graham Greene (1904-1991), British author, screenwriter, and Carol Reed. Carol Reed. Harry Lime (Orson Welles), The Third Man (1949). To his friend, writer Holly Martins. Based On Greene's Novel.
TIME: 8:04 PM
PLACE: My Dad’s kitchen
SUBJECT: Cuckoo clock
I spoke too soon on Sunday regarding MonkeyBoy’s football season being over. They are going to play 3 more games – 1 against another team who also didn’t make the playoffs (they are just playing so the boys have more game time) and 2 games over Thanksgiving weekend…aka “The Pilgrim Bowl”. Therefore, MB had practice tonight. I had to take him as HandsomeHusband had a 6th grade basketball game to coach and DramaQueen was cheering at said BB game. After the game HH and I switched children at the football practice and the girls and I ended up at my Dad’s house with his Girl Scout cookies.
This cuckoo clock was brought from Germany by my Aunt Alice (my mother’s sister). I can’t remember exactly when Mom acquired this, but I know that it’s been over 20 years ago, because Mom had it before I met HH. The nieces, nephews and my kids, all loved this clock. They would get so excited when it was time for the cuckoo to come out of his door. Many times Mom would advance the time just so that they could see the cuckoo do his thing. She held the kids up high, so they could get a better view of the bird and then while the wooden people twirled to the music, she would twirl and dance with her grandchildren in her arms.
(Special thanks to Dad for suggesting this photo today!)