Be Unique

Growing up in Düsseldorf in Germany Karneval played a huge part of my youth. Being the fifth season of a year there are lot’s of Parades, Rose Monday- where most of all official life in Rhineland stops – awesome when you are young and don’t have to go to school :), and dressing up. So recently I found a  treasure photo of my Mom regarding Karneval.

Wenn man wie ich in Düsseldorf aufgewachsen ist, ist man an Karneval nicht wirklich vorbeigekommen 😉 Kürzlich fand ich ein wunderbares Foto meiner Muttivom Karneval.

* Be Unique*

The picture shows my Mom and her friend Carnival ca. 1979. My Mom is Bee Willi (on the right) and her friend the Bee Maja. Anyone remember this (was this even in the States?)

Das Bild zeigt meine Mama und ihre Freundin Karneval ca. 1979. Meine Mama ist als Biene Willi (rechts), ihre Freundin als Biene Maja verkleidet. Erinnert Ihr Euch an Biene Maja?

gymnastic dress, yellow duck tape, yellow plastic bags for the wings and there you go – you have a bee costum. I think they look gorgeous with those police men 😉 And I love how happy my Mom looks on this picture in this really tough time for her.

Gymnastik Anzüge, gelbes Tape, gelbe Müllbeutel für die Flügel und fertig ist das Bienenkostüm. Machen sich doch gut die Beiden mit den Düsseldorfer Polizisten 😉 Und ich liebe es, wie glücklich meine Mama in diesem Bild schaut- es war eine harte Zeit für sie.

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  1. I loved Maya the bee! now I can’t get the song out of my head, thanks Nat!!!

  2. Oh, die Biene Maja!!! It was broadcast in the Netherlands too and I loved it so much that I also watched the show in German. Actually… I watched a lot of German Television back then: Sendung mit der Maus, Sesamstrasse, Wicki, Heidi… 😀

  3. I also grew up with this cartoon in Venezuela, i loved it.
    Love your layout, you had to make one with such a great picture…I really like the title.

  4. Sue Clarke says:

    Sorry to say that I have never heard of the bee show here in the US. I do however love this LO: the colors are so festive and the title is eye-catching as well.

  5. Ohhh I loved Maja (La abeja Maya in Spanish) Even my kids have grown up with this cartoon.
    Kim, I also remember the lyrics. 🙂
    A beautiful layout for a funny pic.

  6. Being from the North of course we frown at things like Karneval…but I adore this picture! Love the layout and I totally remember Maja and Willie
    Sings: “In einem unbekannten Land,vor gar nicht allzu laner Zeit”
    Ugh, shall I be worried that the lyrics are still totally engrained din my brain?

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