Tabithas Pfanne

The last guest post for this series comes from Tabitha. She and I met many years ago on a TCK re-entry camp. Tabitha grew up in Tanzania, but now lives in Germany. Coming ‘back’ and settling in a country that has never truly been yours is a challenge – but small things can make a huge difference. Tabitha shares one of them.


At first glance this is a table set with a “normal dinner” – at least to German standards. 🙂 There is much more behind it though: Whenever I see this picture it reminds me of my gap year, the people I got to meet, our activities throughout the year.

The dinner actually is the very first dinner which we cooked in the kitchen of our flat-share. So it was some “kitchen-warming” and one of the few dinners we prepared all four, that is me and my three flat mates, together. Even though we already had known one another for a few weeks – this evening was a breaking point in sitting together and getting to know one another, though.

This rice and vegetable pan symbolizes to me some great fellowship – with the flat mates of my gap year – as well as re-entry, rather the beginning of settling in Germany.
God was faithful through the year, beginning with this first dinner together and in every fellowship anew. So this set dinner table is a reminder where I have come from and where I have reached over time.


Welcome to Day 29 of 31 Days of Mundane Narratives! For the month of October I will be a storyteller. Together with a few friends we will browse the forgotten photos in our galleries and tell the stories that are so often lost in busyness.

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Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

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