Jennifer Schäfer

My grandparents are wonderful. They have been married for over 65 years and they still love each other. I don’t know how they found their way to communicate — my grandfather is deaf and yet they don’t speak in sign language. They have their own language. Irmgard and Manfred had but one single vacation outside of Germany: on their 25th wedding anniversary, they went to Teneriffa, Spain. My grandma still loves to talk about this holiday and about the unique flowers over there. Last year I saw the photographs for the first time. My grandfather took many pictures of Irmgard next to exotic flowers and this one is my favorite.

featured in romka # 7, 2012