Kimming is an old German and Danish word for the line where heaven meets the sea. I always loved this word.

My father was from Norther Germany and loved sailing and all things maritime. And he was a man of language, etymology, interpretation, poetry and grammar. For all his German rigor, he was a diehard romantic too.

He would always have a Plattdeutsch saying for any situation. I could hear him saying:

Rüm Hart, klaar Kimming!

This means something like “Big Heart, clear Horizon”



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