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Das Kind von Krames

Das Kind von Krames
Klausener Pfad 7
54498 Piesport


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A small chapel called "Michels Kirche" marks the original site today. The parishioners from further afield enjoyed celebrating in Piesport on these occasions as they often had friends and family there. Yet, in the course of these festivities, it was of particular importance to them to enjoy fine Moselle wine together. And some of the best stories originate from these celebrations: "The family of a rich farmer was blessed with the birth of a son and heir. A few days later the proud father left his wife to recover at home and went with the godparents, the midwife and a few friends to the parish village to have the child baptized. After the holy sacrament was concluded, the family went to the house of a befriended wine-grower to celebrate the child's christening. The happy father did not want to be miserly, as this was something his pride as a farmer would not allow, so he wined, dined and laughed loudly with his friends in the wine-grower's best room. They just let things slide. The child had been placed carefully in the metal frame behind the stove, where normally the firewood was kept. And almost as if the child knew that things were loud enough without it screaming, it remained calm and quiet despite the unfamiliar surrounding far from its worried mother. The celebrations continued for many an hour and as dusk drew near, the party reached its peak. Lots of bottles had been emptied, and all the guests were singing loudly. Only very late on that evening, they decided to get back home, although it took a long time before they finally set off walking very loudly through the village toward Krames. What a shock they had when they finally arrived home in their inebriated state and the mother asked for her child. No one had it. The horror-stricken father rushed out into the dark night. The wine-grower family from Piesport were a bit taken aback when the abashed father from Krames knocked on their door in the early hours of the morning. Without saying a word, he rushed passed the sleepy winemaker family into the best room where the child still lay happily in the metal frame. The child looked at its father with alert eyes and he thought he saw a smile pass its lips. He picked up his child and immediately returned home to hand over the precious bundle to the mother. However, an early riser in Piesport saw the man from Krames hurry out of the village with a bundle on his arm." The story of the child from Krames that remained so quiet despite the noise was soon the talk of the whole village. And even today, anyone who is very quiet at a social gathering is said to be “as quiet as the child from Krames”. (Apparently these events happened in the building at "Klausener Pfad 7".)