Stephanie shares memories of walks with her grandmother, Rose Behnke, in Burtonsville, Maryland as a little girl.
Last weekend at Behnke’s, my Mother, Sonja Behnke Festerling, stopped by for a visit. She and her husband wanted to see how things were going at the nursery. Unbeknownst to her, Helmut Jaehnigen and his family also stopped in. Mom and Helmut have not seen each other for awhile, so their surprise reunion had them both acting up and wanting their photos taken together. Helmut wanted their photo on his Facebook page, so I am doing one better and sharing it with you. (If they knew how, I’m sure one of them would have taken a selfie.)
Helmut has been a big part of the Behnke family for my entire life and I am sure sometimes he feels his entire life. He came to us from Germany as a young man and never left, which was lucky for us. He spent decades managing and buying for our woody plants department. I am sure when he showed up this weekend he went directly out to the cut Christmas trees just to double check that we had them all up and ready for sale. Seeing him with his two grandsons was even better. You could see the pride he has for his family when they were talking to my mom.
It is such fun when these two get together. The laughs, the stories and of course my mother acting so silly made a beautiful day even better. And Mom helped Helmut pick the perfect Behnke poinsettia for his wife.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours,
Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President