I may have learnt not much from my father, but the one thing I have is the meaning of friendship.
Having witnessed first-hand his closest relationships with his German friends over 66 years, I cannot but be amazed. Time and distance (mind you, this has been through the 50s – 80s – the second half of the 20th century in India, when we didn’t all have phones & certainly not the internet, and then the 2000s, when age has taken a physical toll!), have been no barrier to sentiment, affection and above all, the desire to stay connected.
Cheers, dad! To you and all your German friends!