‘Ich wünsche dir Zeit’

20 Dec

Yiannis came home from school yesterday with the present he hand crafted at school for his dad and myself for Christmas. I tried explaining to him that I would rather open it on Christmas eve but he insisted and when Yianni insists there are two options: a) you give in & b) you give in


I know what you will say: It is the most beautiful hand crafted present ever, right?? 😉 At least for me it is. As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Along with his masterpiece, he gave me his teacher’s Christmas card for the family. I unfolded the cylinder shaped red cardboard paper and was pleasantly surprised to see that she had chosen a poem to cite from Elli Michler, instead of the typical holiday wishes. When I finished reading it I hugged my kids and just inhaled them for a little while.

Now, it is my turn to share this poem with you. I’ll include both the original version in German and the translated one. Needless to say, it sounds so much nicer in the original, yet barbaric language.

Ich wünsche dir Zeit

Ein Gedicht von Elli Michler

Ich wünsche dir
nicht alle möglichen Gaben.
Ich wünsche dir nur,
was die meisten nicht haben:
Ich wünsche dir Zeit, dich zu freun und zu lachen,
und wenn du sie nützt, kannst du etwas draus machen.

Ich wünsche dir Zeit für dein Tun und dein Denken,
nicht nur für dich selbst, sondern auch zum Verschenken.
Ich wünsche dir Zeit, nicht zum Hasten und Rennen,
sondern die Zeit zum Zufriedenseinkönnen.

Ich wünsche dir Zeit, nicht nur so zum Vertreiben.
Ich wünsche, sie möge dir übrigbleiben
als Zeit für das Staunen und Zeit für Vertraun,
anstatt nach der Zeit auf der Uhr nur zu schaun.

Ich wünsche dir Zeit, nach den Sternen zu greifen,
und Zeit, um zu wachsen, das heißt, um zu reifen.
Ich wünsche dir Zeit, neu zu hoffen, zu lieben.
Es hat keinen Sinn, diese Zeit zu verschieben.

Ich wünsche dir Zeit, zu dir selber zu finden,
jeden Tag, jede Stunde als Glück zu empfinden.
Ich wünsche dir Zeit, auch um Schuld zu vergeben.
Ich wünsche dir: Zeit zu haben zum Leben!

I wish you time

A poem by Elli Michler

I do not wish you all sorts of gifts.
I just wish you, what most people don’t have:
I wish you the time to be happy and to laugh
and if you use it wise, you can make something of it.
I wish you the time for your actions and thinking,
not only for yourself, but also to give away.
I wish you the time – not to hurry and run,
but the time to know how to be content.
I wish you the time – not to simply just pass
I wish that you have enough 
time to be amazed and to trust,
rather than just having to look at the watch.
I wish you the time to reach for the stars,
and the time to grow, to mature.
I wish you the time to hope anew and to love.
It makes no sense to postpone this time.
I wish you the time to find yourself,
to see the happiness in each day and each hour.
I wish you the time to forgive.
I wish you: to have time to live.



10 Responses to “‘Ich wünsche dir Zeit’”

  1. Bestof2sisters December 21, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    Ahhh how sweet! Emilia too insisted that we open her handmade presents when she brought them home the other day. Such sweeties ey!

    • wonderlandbytatu December 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      I see us in the not too distant future with an abundance of handmade goodies from our kids 🙂 you should post a picture of Emilia’s present as well 😉

  2. ramblingsfromamum December 21, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    You are so right – it is the most beautiful present. I ADORED your line I hugged my kids and just inhaled them for a little while. How poetic – how marvellously mummy. As for that poem! I loved it and may re-post if that’s ok with you? Beautiful post T and bless Yiannis for making you open it 🙂 xxx

    • wonderlandbytatu December 21, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      Thank you my dear Jen! Of course you may re-post, I would love if you shared it, time is so often forgotten to be appreciated…love, xxx, T

  3. nothingbythebookn December 21, 2012 at 9:57 am #


  4. dorokz December 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    those gifts from the “little hands” are always the best. I still have almost everyone of those early masterpieces. For years, I used them at Christmas time for decor, until those once so little boys, complained, saying how uncool it is to have them around. Which of course did not bother me. I treasure them.
    As for the poem, that is a great one, it says it all.
    Have a wonderful Christmas, Tatu, you and your big extended family!!!Give them our love!!!

    • wonderlandbytatu December 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      Vielen Dank meine liebe Doro! I hope you have a stress free, white Christmas in your new home! We miss you! Love, xxxx,T

  5. motherhoodisanart December 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Best gift ever for sure!!! My house is slowly filling up with all kinds of hand crafted children’s gifts and I love it! Nothing beats it! I absolutely love this poem too! Thanks for sharing!! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Melissa

    • wonderlandbytatu December 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

      You are very welcome. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas & a healthy and happy new year!xxx,T

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