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„Der Paul war der Dolmetscher bei einem Choraustaustasch zwischen den St. Nicholas Singers aus Northwich, UK und unserem Kinderchor, den „Kolibris“, hier in Koblenz, Deutschland. Ohne ihn hätten wir es nicht geschafft! Er war fleiβig, sympathisch und sehr effektiv.“
Ulrich De Waal, Chorleiter, Koblenz-Pfaffendorf, Germany, April 1976

Engaged at 60! PDF
Sunday, 23 May 2010 00:00
 

The Hausfrau and I got engaged last Tuesday, the day I turned 60!  It wasn’t sudden and dramatic and I didn’t get down on one knee - it’s a bit tricky now that I’m old enough for a free bus pass, and besides, the restaurant at Hotel Molino del Santo in Benaoján Estación was somewhat busy!

No, it wasn’t sudden and dramatic at all - we’d been planning it for months.  Then, last Saturday we decided we would definitely go ahead on my birthday and we went looking for a ring.  We considered doing something zany like getting a navel ring for Rita, and an ear-ring for me, but we decided to act our ages and go for a traditional engagement ring instead.  And we found just what we wanted at a fantastic little “gem-ologist” on Carrer Espinel in Ronda.  A classical and subtle five diamonds set in a ring of yellow and white gold.  It’s not left Rita’s finger since I placed it there on Tuesday night.  I should think not indeed.

We’ve informed our respective families, who are delighted, and we announced our compromiso de matrimonio officially at my 60th birthday party yesterday.

We hope to have an intimate family-only civil ceremony this coming July, followed by a larger Church wedding in Spring next year.  These will both be in Germany for reasons too complicated to describe here.  I suspect there’ll be the odd little celebration in Spain and England too, however.  After all, a marriage is a good excuse for a party!

In getting hitched at such a late age we will acquire an instant family, with a total of five children between us and two grandchildren, as well as extra brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, etc. Cool!

©  Paul Whitelock

 

 

 

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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