My toddler son, Niklas, is learning German words like “Elefant” and “Schuh.” They’re easier for him to grasp because he’s also attempting the English equivalents.
There is no translation for the German word I want to use, though.
It sounds like a train chugging up a hill. Clickity clack, clickity clack. The meaning of the word, however, gives you the opposite feel. Gemütlichkeit is like the word cozy, but it goes a dozen step further. Snuggling under a blanket while you sit in a camping chair by the campfire is cozy. Gemütlichkeit is surrounding yourself with close friends, a bottle of beer, s’mores, and lots of happy stories and jokes while you snuggle in your blanket by the campfire.
Gemütlichkeit is cozy, and it’s celebration. Gemütlichkeit is a word that describes the good life.
This story and this life that we’re living, especially as summer reminds us of everyday sunshine and joy, is a good life. We need a word to celebrate it!