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 Playtime At The Park, Tag: Mathias Falk
Mathias Falk
 Posted: Dec 1 2017, 01:32 AM
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Mathias pulled out his mobile phone, searching for the number so that he could give it to her. It was easier to do it straight away rather than later in his mind.

"Lukas quite likes Settlers of Catan. It is strategy based rather than based purely on luck, and although there is a junior version he liked the adult one. But there are lots of great games for children. There is one called Coconuts, which is where you have a little monkey, and you have to get coconuts onto cups, which you capture and the first person to get six wins. Another one is called Dixit, and is basically a story telling game, Lukas quite likes that as well. One that Bo might be able to play now is called Loopin' Louie, and involved a little plane that flies around, and you have to defend the chickens in your barn and hit the plane up and away. Also proves fun for not so little children as well."

Board games were also fun. He had also been teaching Lukas to play Backgammon, which both of them enjoyed. But there were lots of good games that weren't based purely on luck, that they were fun and made children think.

Friendliness was a good thing Mathias thought, it would do him good later in life. It wasn't until after he had said it that he realized that perhaps she might not appreciate the word he had used. While he tried not to swear around his son, they just slipped out every so often, but he knew that other parents didn't like any sort of language like that. "Sorry, I didn't mean to say that, I should have been a little more careful."

Mathias was probably similar; He knew a lot about German history because he was German, that was where he had lived and grown up. Swiss history frankly wasn't overly exciting in his mind, and he had never really investigated it much despite the fact he had lived there for a long time, and still frequently was in his house in Switzerland. "I think a lot of people are similar, we all seem to want to know more about the country we grew up it. I don't know much about US History, but I do know plenty about German history." It wasn't all good, but it was still part of history.

"Oh thank you, coffee would be wonderful." A hot cup of coffee was always nice, even though he usually avoided drinking to much of it, so he poured himself a cup of coffee, taking a sip and enjoying it.

Lukas spoke up after Mathias had taken a sip, saying that the sandwich was really nice.

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Mathias Falk | Thirty-Six | Formula One Driver for Ferrari House | Helmet | Plotter |
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Jaina Carter
 Posted: Dec 3 2017, 07:47 PM
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Jaina smiled as she looked over the games. She could see Bo enjoying a good many of them. She laughed about Loopin' Louie as well.

"These look great," she said. "I know Bo would love them. Thank you, Matthias, you've been a great help."

Jaina shook her head about the language. It bothered her a little, but the last thing she wanted was to make Matthias thing he'd done something horribly wrong.

"It's perfectly fine," she said. "It happens. Sometimes at work, I can say a few words when I get frustrated... not around the customers of course."

Jaina smiled about Matthias knowing German history. She was admittedly interested in other cultures, but more in a sociological and geographical standpoint as opposed to historical.

"I would love to learn more about other places around the world," she said. "I'm thinking of going back to school at some point, maybe study to be a teacher. I'd love to teach children about the subject."

Jaina poured the coffee, and pulled out some cream and sugar packs. She added just a little of each to her own. She then looked at Lukas.

"Lukas, if you'd like, we could plan another time for you and Bo to play here," she said. "Would you like that, Bo?"

"Yeah!" said Bo. "I lie Lukas!"
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Mathias Falk
 Posted: Dec 7 2017, 09:17 PM
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Mathias could probably list more games, but was only listing a few that he could remember that Lukas liked, or that he thought would be good for a young child. "Oh it's no problem, i'm always happy to help."

When it came to language Mathias had always been more relaxed. He wasn't afraid to swear, even if he tried not to do it much around his son, so it didn't really bother him if his son heard swear words. What was more important to him was that his son knew that they were swear words, not the sort of thing he should be saying, and knew to try not to use them, especially in public and around other children.

After all, it was him that had accidentally taught Lukas swear words, after the little boy at the age of two had been listening to the radio channel that went between the pit garage and Mathias's car, and Mathias in the heat of the moment had said something not very not very nice about another driver. "I accidentally taught him a few words when he was two. He was listening to the radio channel to my car, and heard me say something not very complimentary about another guy's driving. They were his favourite words for months afterwards, and his mother wasn't pleased about that." He wasn't going to repeat them, even though he knew Lukas happily would.

Sitting in a classroom wasn't Mathias's idea of fun, but he did enjoy working with children. He helped out at the local kart track quite a lot, and enjoyed being able to mentor children who were interested in a career in motorsports and being able to teach them things. But he did agree that it was good to learn about other places. "That is always a good thing, learning about other places. I sometimes take Lukas with me when I'm racing, so he's been to all sorts of different countries. The team I drive for is based in Italy, so he loves visiting there. He speaks better Italian that I do." Mathias was fluent in Italian, but he couldn't chatter away quickly in it like Lukas could.

"That sounds like a wonderful thing to do, you seem like you would make a fantastic teacher. I work with children at the local karting track in my spare time and quite enjoy it."

Jaina and Bo wanted to see Lukas again, and Mathias was quite happy for that. Lukas certainly agreed eagerly, so it was naturally that Mathias did as well.

"That sounds great, i'm sure they would love that. Although I will say he will be busy when the new karting season kicks off, as will I next year, so it might not be me bringing him."

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Jaina Carter
 Posted: Dec 10 2017, 04:27 PM
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Jaina couldn't help but chuckle at how some of the words Lukas heard were among his favorites for a while. She guessed it wasn't all that funny, as she would be really worried if that happened with Bowie. She couldn't picture such works coming out of his sweet, innocent mouth.

"Well, I guess it's a way for kids to learn what to say and what not to say," she said. "I know at times, kids hear what they think is just a goofy word, having no idea it's profanity. All we can do is give them one of those classic talks. I'm not really looking forward to giving Bowie some of those classic talks, if you know what I mean." One day, Bowie would need to hear THE TALK, and Jaina was definitely not ready for that.

Jaina glowed at how Lukas got to see all those places. She wanted the same for Bowie. So far, he had only really seen Disney World and the World Showcase at EPCOT. That was a great chance for him to learn about different cultures though.

"It's great that he's having those experiences," said Jaina. "Things like that will always stick in the mind of a child as they grow up. When Bo gets older, I want to take him to another country. For now, he just wants to go back to Disney World."

Jaina smiled about being a teacher some day. She just needed to find the time to sign up for courses at the college.

"I'll certainly try when the time comes," she said. "And I imagine you're a great instructor too."

Jaina gave an understanding nod about Lukas and his father being busy.

"Well, we'll do what we can when we can," she said.
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Mathias Falk
 Posted: Dec 14 2017, 10:03 PM
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Mathias probably had a slightly different approach to some parents, but he didn't actually mind his son knowing swear words to much, but thought that it was more important that his son knew that they were bad words and not to use them. It was similar with sex; He had no problems with his son knowing what it was and where babies came from. In his mind knowing about that sort of thing would lead to him being more responsible when he was interested in that sort of thing, and would also mean that if anyone tried something inappropriate he would be able to recognize that and tell him.

"I know what you mean about those talks, but I don't think they are anything to be afraid of. My attitude about that does come from my parents thought; They always believe that it was better for a child to know about inappropriate use of language and about the birds and the bees, because it meant they could be more responsible and were safer." Plus, he had three older siblings who were older by quite a bit, and one of his brother's had enjoyed trying to get his little brother into trouble all the time. Of course, so had Mathias's nephew Hans, who was actually a year older.

"It is great. Lukas speaks Italian better than I do, he speaks with my engineers in Italian and sounds like a native. But I do think it is good for a child to go somewhere different, it can be a fantastic learning experience. Not only seeing the sights but learning about that country, the culture and customs and a little bit of the language. Of course, I'm German and his mother was American, and before Lochland I lived in Switzerland for many years, so that is already three different countries and cultures. But there is nothing wrong with Disney World, it's great fun, although I haven't been there for a long time." Speaking about Disney World, Mathias wasn't entirely sure if he had actually been there or not. He knew that he had been to Disneyland, the last time being when Lukas was about 3, so maybe it was time to visit again. This time with Charlotte.

Working with children was rewarding in many ways. He understood how he was a role model for lots of children, and it was always good being able to help them and maybe motivate them to a career in motorsports, where one day he might see them doing great things. "Well, I do enjoy it. And Lukas certainly things I'm a good instructor, even if he does always try and beat me." Mathias quite often let the little boy win, but made sure that he had to work for it. Just like Mathias would sometimes sit behind Lukas and push him for the lead, much like a competitor would on the track in a race.

"You know," Mathias spoke, after taking another sip of his coffee. "If Bowie ever wanted to have a go in a kart, I have an old Kid Kart of Lukas's in the garage at home along with all the proper safety gear. He would be welcome to come along and have a go." He didn't know if she would like that or not, and wouldn't be offended or mind if she said no. Not everyone liked the idea of a 3 year old driving, but Mathias didn't see any problems provided it was done properly.

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Jaina Carter
 Posted: Dec 16 2017, 05:20 PM
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It was true. When it came time, Bo would have to learn about a good deal. Thank goodness he was just a three year old now, and had only a few tings to really worry about. The years of the big talks would come soon enough.

"Yeah, I'll definitely be talking about these things when the time comes," she said. "Just saying it might be a bit awkward." She sighed. "Sadly, my parents weren't around to teach me." There, she said it. She didn't want to bring up her parents, but she supposed he could know why she found it difficult.

Jaina chuckled about Lukas speaking Italian so well. She liked what he said about learning things from traveling around.

"I plan to teach Bo Spanish one day," she said. "He actually knows a couple of words now." She turned to her son. "Bowie, what do you call your new friend, Lukas, in Spanish?"

"Amigo!" said Bo, raising his hands in the air.

Jaina grinned and nodded about Lukas enjoying his instruction. It made her want to be a teacher more than ever.

Jaina sighed about the whole kart thing. She had no problem with Bo managing a tricycle, but a kart was something else.

"Maybe in a year or so," she said. "Just to be on the safe side." Yep, she was the overly-careful mom at times.
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Mathias Falk
 Posted: Dec 22 2017, 10:16 PM
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Some things were always a little awkward no matter how open you were with your child. Talking about sex was one of those things, but to Mathias it was also important to do it properly. After all, his son was at the age where he was starting to get interested in girls, and it would do him a lot of good to know how things worked. After all, he wanted him to be responsible. But while he thought that, he wasn't going to judge another parent for how they wanted things. He wasn't going to force his opinion on them.

"Some things are always awkward, there is no getting around that. But it is a shame that your parents weren't around. I was raised by two parents, albeit busy ones, but they both passed away when I was twenty, so they time to talk about everything." That year had been hard. His first full season in Formula One, combined with losing both parents, one brother, one close friend, and two of his favourite horses.

Languages were good for children to learn, and it was also a lot easier for them to learn than an adult. Lukas had never really had formal lessons in Italian, but he had spent enough time around them growing up that he had picked up the language. Mathias sometimes also spoke to him in Italian, however Lukas was better at it that Mathias, and sometimes corrected him, which Mathias always found a little amusing.

"Languages are wonderful things to learn, they learn them better when they are young. And Spanish sounds like an interesting langauge to learn."[/b] Bowie spoke a word in Spanish, and Lukas copied it happily.

Then Lukas decided to share a couple of words in the langauges that he knew. "In Italian I would say Amico. In regular German we say Fruend, but in Swiss German we say Kolleg." Mathias tended to think of regular German and Swiss German as simply German, even thought Swiss German was reasonably different to the point that it could be difficult to understand because it was spoken quite different. Really it was a dialect of German. Same as the Austrian dialect of German, which was also quite different. Mathias knew a reasonable amount of the Austrian dialect simply because his physio was Austrian. He knew enough of it now that the man couldn't amuse himself by writing down a word and trying to get Mathias to pronounce it.

Instead, he now amused himself by doing that to Mathias's girlfriend, who was learning regular German. Sometimes he would teach her a word that he knew Mathias didn't know just to be tricky.

"Oh, that's fine. When ever you feel that he is ready." He wasn't going to force her into anything. After all it was her son's safety. Not everyone liked the idea of a three year old driving a kart around. He didn't think anything bad of her for being overly-cautious, even if Mathias wasn't like that himself.

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Jaina Carter
 Posted: Dec 25 2017, 03:23 PM
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Jaina felt a bit of stronger connection when Mathias said that his parents had passed on when he was young. Even if he, unlike her, was an adult when it happened, it had to have been really hard.

"I'm sorry to hear that," she said. "But it's good you had that time with them. My time with my parents was short before they passed on, but it's definitely a time I hold in my heart." Jaina had been reminded a number of times to appreciate the time one had with loved ones.

Bo giggled when Lukas said "Amigo" as well. Jaina smiled and both the boys. They looked like they were becoming quite the duo.

"Yeah, I want Bo to learn as young as possible," she said. "It's the language of his ancestors after all. I know his grandparents would have wanted him to learn it."

Jaina smiled as Lukas taught Bo some words. Bo repeated them as he went along.

"You son is very bright," said Jaina.

Jaina appreciated Mathias' understanding. She just couldn't bear the thought of Bo getting hurt in an accident.

"I do want Bo to have a full life though, and take in as much as he can," she said. "He seems very eager too." She leaned over and kissed Bo on the forehead. "My little ball of energy."

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Mathias Falk
 Posted: Dec 27 2017, 09:52 PM
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His parents may have passed away before they saw Mathias through his adult life, but at least he had them growing up. Winning his first Driver's Championship Title had been tinted with sadness, sadness because his parents hadn't been there to see him win it.

But not having much time with your parents at all was definitely worse. "Every moment spent with someone you have lost is special. Even if you just spent a little while with them, they can have a big impact. While I am sad that my parents passed before they could see what I have achieved as an adult, at least I got to have them growing up." After all, his son Lukas had lost his mother just before his fourth birthday, and at that point they hadn't known whether Mathias would make it or not.

"I think that's wonderful. I can understand that, because I'm German, and Lukas's mother was American, so it was important that he knew about both cultures. We never actually taught him Italian or Swiss German, he just picked them up by himself." They had lived in Switzerland, so friends that he had spoke the same language, and he had spent quite a bit of time in the Ferrari Garage growing up as well, so had picked up on the Italian.

He always felt proud of Lukas. That he loved people and was eager to learn, and seemed to be intelligent. Secretly Mathias was also quite proud that his son was quite into karting had the same competitive streak as he did, although that probably really wasn't much of a secret to anyone that knew both of them. He wasn't going to force his son into motorsports, but was quite happy to support him if that was what he wanted to do.

"Thank you. Your son seems quite intelligent and friendly as well, and I think that is a great thing."

Mathias certainly didn't want to see his son hurt either, but he still wasn't overprotective. Sometimes children just had to go out and scrape their knee or do something wrong to learn. He didn't see something wrong with that. But he wasn't going to judge her for he parenting.

"I think every parent wants that, certainly I do for Lukas. Lukas probably has more opportunities because of who I am, but he just isn't getting it for nothing. I expect him to act reasonably, and we can use it as a learning experience. If I travel I take him in first class with me, and I expect him to act properly while he is there." Not every child could be trusted to be quiet and polite while in first class, but Lukas had been so he was quite happy to take his son there. He just made sure to put plenty of quiet activities for his son to do to keep him occupied.

"That's always a good thing for a child, being eager and full of energy. I know Lukas gets like that. Never seems to get tired, always bouncing around.

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Jaina Carter
 Posted: Dec 30 2017, 12:05 PM
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Jaina held back a few tears at talking about this. It was still hard after all this time. She learned to handle it though, as she did with Jacob's death. She had to keep telling herself that she had her little guy, and how grateful she was for that.

"I like to think mine are looking down on me and smiling now," she said. "And I know they adore Bo."

Jaina nodded about learning languages and cultures. She thought of Jacob's as well. Jacob's parents had passed on as well, but he still had family who loved to see Bo when a visit could be arranged, and she wanted him to know about that family's ancestry too.

"My husband's family is Scottish," she said. "I want Bo to learn about them as well when he's older, and hopefully I can take him back to Baton Rouge one year for the Scottish festival that Jacob's two brothers attend."

Jaina chuckled about Lukas being full of energy.

"That definitely sounds like my Bowie," she said. "I think after today, it might be tough getting him back home for his nap." She watched her son, who was wide awake and chatting away with Lukas. Yep, it was going to take a story or two to get him to sleep.
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Mathias Falk
 Posted: Dec 31 2017, 05:17 AM
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Mathias's family was simply German on both sides, apart from a great grandfather on his father's side who happened to Austrian, which wasn't really that different. Scottish sounded interesting though, he had found them interesting, even if he did sometimes have trouble understanding their accent. "Scottish is quite interesting. I remember my father taking me along to Scotland on a business trip when I was young, and despite the fact that the spoke English I didn't have the faintest idea what they were actually saying. I did find their culture quite fascinating though, even if I didn't understand them."

Sometimes Mathias spoke to Scottish driver Jackie Stewart, who he always found an interesting character to talk to, despite how Jackie wasn't associated with Ferrari.

He had never been to Baton Rouge however, and wondered what the Scottish festival there was all about. No doubt there was a slim chance that he would actually be able to attend it due to his busy schedule, but it might be interesting to look into it anyway.

"I've never been to Baton Rouge, let alone to the Scottish festival. I might have to try and attend one year and have a look. Lukas would probably find it quite interesting as well."

Lukas was old enough that he didn't usually need naps anymore, but he definitely remembered some times when he still did need them having great difficulty getting him to sleep.

"Oh, I can understand what that is like, i've had plenty of those days. Lukas is old enough now that he doesn't usually need them, but when he was younger he would get so excited when he was at the track during a grand prix that getting him to take one was near impossible. All he wanted to do was to watch the cars going round." Nothing had really changed there in that aspect.


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Jaina Carter
 Posted: Jan 3 2018, 06:58 PM
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(Gonna start wrapping up for the thread)

Jaina chuckled about Mathias not being able to understand a Scottish accent. She had earned them on television and movies, and understood Scottish actors just fine, but then again it might have been different over in the country.

"Well, I can't really add to that as none of Jacob's relatives have the accent," she chuckled.

Jaina smiled and nodded about the Scottish festival being interesting.

"I've always loved culture festival," she said. "There was a Japan Festival there that I loved. Jacob got me to try sushi there for the first time. It was alright, but not something I've made a habit of eating."

Jaina smiled as Mathias spoke of how hard it was for Lukas to take a nap. Seemed most kids could have that trouble when excited. Jaina then looked at her watch as Bo was finishing his food.

"Speaking of, I should be getting Bo back home soon," she said. "Got a few errands to run on the way too." She then smiled at Mathias. "It was wonderful meeting you both though." She then took out her phone. "I'll give you my number and you can text me yours, so we can work out something for our boys."
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Mathias Falk
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(Okay)

Maybe accents were easier to understand if you were a native English speaker, but some had always been a little more difficult for Mathias to understand. Yes, he was fluent in English and spoke it perfectly well, but it was still a second language. That first trip to Scotland he had been a lot younger and his English hadn't been nearly as good. "Maybe it was only quite that bad because English isn't my native language. At that time my English wasn't nearly as good."

Learning about different cultures was fascinating, and it was one aspect of traveling that he always quite enjoyed. Japan was always a fascinating place to visit. "Japan is a great country to visit, we race there every year. The fans are probably the most enthusiastic you will find; They will be at the track 7.30 in the morning and cheer when all the engineers arrive, quite a lot dress up, and there is one guy who always makes these fantastic hats and he never fails to find and give one to Lukas. Last year was one with a car on it, but this year was a samurai helmet with front and rear wings and spoilers. But the food, sushi especially, is different in Japan. If you ever visit I can give you good recommendations for places to eat in Tokyo and Suzuka."

Mathias wans't really worried about the time, but Bo was younger so it would probably be more of an issue for him. But he didn't want to keep her. "Oh, I don't want to keep you any longer. But swapping numbers would be good. The easiest way to contact my is by text, I do travel a lot so I can't guarantee that i will be in the same time zone or when I will be able to answer straight away. But I can give you my home number, as well, so if you wanted Bo to meet up with Lukas and i'm away my girlfriend could arrange something." He pulled his phone out, unlocking it and pulling up the contacts and opening a new entry so that she could add her number.

"But it was wonderful to meet you as well, it is always nice to meet people and for my son to make a new friend."

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