Not too long ago I was in the midst of a heated family conversation. The conversation was between the Aunts/Uncles/Parents and the Children/Cousins/Nephews/Nieces. This wasn’t your average talk about picking up their room, getting a better job, or putting their life in order. It was about building on the land their parents had bought for them.
I don’t know how this is in other parts of Germany but in the South it’s pretty commonly known that the Southern Germs a.k.a. The Swabisch are penny pinchers. Not always a negative thing either! Many live with their parents until an older age (25-35) or until they get married which allows most of them to have more money saved than I’ve had my whole life. Sometimes their parents buy them a piece of property for a hefty amount and wait until the child builds their forever home on it.
Note: Unlike Americans, the Germans stay put. Traditionally, they live in the same town for their entire lives. And, since they live at home longer and don’t pay for college, they can afford much more.
However, tradition had found its forever home elsewhere. Most “kids” now want to get out and explore. They don’t want to be tied down to one rinky dink town in the middle of nowhere with a population of 100 people (mostly all your family!) So herein lies the problem. Kids want to be apart of something bigger, parents want them closer. If said “kid” does not build within a certain amount of time, the land will need to be put up for sale, again. Unless of course they put a shed on it. Then it’s considered “used property.”
I’m not sure how I feel on the topic. Toblerone’s parents did the same thing. They bought a piece of land in their town and its used as a wood pile at the moment. Toblerone had first choice over his brother but decided to live somewhere else. His younger brother now has the option to do what he wants with the property. The brother doesn’t want to live their either. He wants to live closer to a major city. Quite frankly, I don’t blame him.
I, honestly, would rather live in this tiny town where is family is because its around people I know. Life would be easier on me, since the people in the town I currently live are rude and refuse to say hi to me.
What do you do when your parents want you to continue on with tradition but the world around you is changing? These small German villages struggle to keep things the way they were but the newer generation refuses to give in, on some level. It would definitely be interesting to see what happens in the next 60 years in these little towns.
Until next time, Readers!!!!! Xoxoxoxo