Adventures With My Grandparents

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Wow! I can’t believe that summer is over. I am still reliving the memories of being with my grandparents in the Czech Republic. I had so many wonderful adventures with them, including bike riding, roller-blading, mushroom picking, baking, and climbing up into my tree house:

My grandpa and I would go out into the woods on our bikes and when we reached an area with a certain set of characteristics we would stop and look for mushrooms. We brought a ginormous backpack with a bucket inside of it, and that is where we would put the mushrooms. We ran around the woods, sifting through mushroom after mushroom, looking especially for the squishy yellow ones – because they are soooo good! We would pick them all up, hop on our bikes and ride on to find a new location, and so on and so forth. Once we came back to the house, my grandma and I would start chopping the mushrooms up and then she would lay them outside in the sun to dry. We found so many mushrooms that they should last all winter long.

In the evenings, my grandparents and I would go out to the playground area across from their house. I would roller blade and my grandpa would ride his bike. One night we created a show that we later performed for my parents. My grandma was the ‘judge’, and my grandpa and I would ride around and do tricks. What a blast we had! We could not stop laughing.

While at home, my grandma and I would bake wonderful treats for the family. My grandma is a fantastic cook and baker and makes everything from scratch! We made kolache, fruit cakes, gingerbread cookies, and most importantly fruit dumplings. Oh, you never heard of these? Look them up! So yum! I love my grandma’s fruit dumplings, and therefore we made them almost every day.

I spent my birthday with my grandparents, and to celebrate, my grandma made me a big gingerbread cake, which was delicious! We decorated it together and then put it away until my birthday, as to avoid the temptation of eating it immediately! (because I would have)

We would often venture out to a nearby medieval city. There, we would just stroll around, stop at a vibrant cafe for a treat or we got soft-served ice cream. I developed a new taste for mixed soft served (vanilla and chocolate together). You might want to try it when you get a chance…

We also went to the city for my birthday dinner, and we ate at my favorite Greek restaurant. We go there every year – it is a real treat!

A couple of years ago, my grandpa built me a ‘tree house’ in their yard. I love to spend time up there playing games, eating treats, and hanging out with my grandparents. I have to climb a really tall ladder to get up there because it is quite high off the ground. It is my own special place. I always have the fondest of memories from that tree house and cannot wait to be perched up there again.

I had a such blast with my grandparents – they are the best! And I am so excited to see them soon!

Merci Beaucoup, Mme. Maryse!

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Wow! My wonderful French teacher, Mme. Maryse, surprised me again with a beautiful collection of some of my new poems translated into French. She put so much effort into designing every page of this book and into translating every word so that it would be just right. I am so honored and lucky to have such a fabulous teacher and friend. I think that my poems sound so beautiful in French! Merci beaucoup, Mme. Maryse! ♥

The Decision

My poem, The Decision, placed 3rd in the Ventura County’s Art Tales Contest. This creative contest was inspired by works of art in the City’s Municipal Art Collection. The photograph “Tambor, 2000” by William Hendricks, sparked my imagination. This is the link to the photograph:    Tambor, 2000

This was my third poem to be recognized during the National Poetry Month, which made it even more special.

The Decision – EK Baer

 

The Optimist

Recently, The Holocaust Museum in conjunction with the Anti-Defamation League of Atlanta held a poetry contest for all children and young adults in the south-east. The theme was ‘Imagine a World Without Hate’. I entered my poem, The Optimist, and it was awarded first place in my division. I was so excited when they notified me! Below are some pictures from the awards ceremony held at Kennesaw State University last weekend:

Link to The Optimist

Award Presentation
From left: Holocaust Survivor Hershel Greenblatt , Museum Board member JoAnn Wood, and ADL Board Member Jason Oberweis