Cuckoo Clocks Make Me Happy
My father was in the US military, so my childhood was spent moving from place to place. (Certified Army brat, right here!) I was born in Germany and lived there twice, both times in an old spa town famous for its thermal salt springs. Living in that area gave me an early appreciation for Art Nouveau, forested parks, the Smurfs, and cuckoo clocks.
Yep. Cuckoo clocks.
The town I lived in wasn’t exactly famous for these musical clocks (though, the world’s largest one was just down the road in Wiesbaden
), but all of my parents’ friends seemed to own one. And I was fascinated by their cheerful tunes and tiny carved people, who danced near spinning waterwheels and nodding birds.
That fascination followed me into adulthood, and today one of my prized possessions is a Black Forest cuckoo clock that my husband gave me several years ago. It’s got a spinning waterwheel and a man in lederhosen who thumps his beer mug against a small wooden table. Every hour, it plays an oddball collection of peppy songs, from “Blue Danube” to “Hey, Jude.”
I love it to pieces. And every time I see the small bird pop out of its tiny door, a piece of my childhood lives on. And that makes me extraordinarily happy.
So… for a copy of BITTER SPIRITS (Roaring Twenties, #1)… in the comments below, let me know if you have any favorite “imports”. Anything you love that originally came from another country. If you don’t have anything right now… what country would you like to visit??
(If the winner of this is a US resident, Jenn will ship you your copy… if this posts winner is not a US resident, we will arrange for an ebook copy.)
**Be sure to check out all of the other “HAPPY” posts from guest authors during this week’s blogiversary!! Click HERE for the Kickoff Post with the full list of participating authors and guest post links. ALL giveaways will be open for the entire week, winners will be chosen and notified on Sunday, March 2nd. Thanks for helping us celebrate!!**