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Friday, April 15, 2011

What's in a life?


WALTER BREUNING . 1897 - 2011..... recently finished his life on earth at 114 years of age. Apparently the oldest documented man to live and then die of natural causes.
He resided in the farming community of Great Falls, Montana and worked in his lifetime for the Great Northern Railway since 1913.
No surprise, he was considered to be wise even beyond his years. He lived in a nursing home since 1980 and had only a little humble advice for the rest of us..
He attributed his longevity to restricting daily meals to breakfast and lunch and to downing an aspirin a day.

"Walter taught a spokesperson from the nursing home that all things in moderation will help lead to a long life; that hard work and a modest living are enough for a happy life and most importantly that giving back to others is good for the soul," He was a kind mind whose mind was lucid until the very end.

I see his photo and I see a kind man. Wish I had been in a position to have had the chance to talk with him.

Then I stumble on a picture of another woman about a week ago and the story behind her life is also interesting. How she was recognized is also something that will make you go... " wow " Have we got our priorities right here?

So here she is.

IRENA SENDLER. 1910 - 2008

During WWII Irena worked in the Warsaw ghetto area of Germany as a plumber/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the toolbox she carried in the back of her truck. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids and the infants noises. Irena managed to smuggle out and save 2500 children. She was eventually caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms, and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of all the names of the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar buried under a tree in her backyard. After the war she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and reunited some of the families. Most had been killed. She helped those children get placement in foster homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was not selected.
Al Gore won - for a slide show on Global Warming.

I am speechless.



C'est moi Claudette said...

I'm speechless too, for a change.

Jeanne said...

Good morning my dear Julie, You picked the one match holder that was sold for $15. Big sigh!!! I would have given it to you my sweet friend. The match holder pockets are pretty small. They won't hold much else. They are old and pretty rough but if you want one of them that is left, let me know.

I seriously loved your post today. I need to visit more often. My visiting has gone down lately. I have had so much company this year so far. The kicker is...my company does not use computers!!! They hardly understand my love of being on my computer. However, I still love blogging and post most days. Posting is easy visiting takes me forever because as some of my friends put it "I am wordy." Laughing here, does this sound like Claudie? Yep, I am guilty.

I so agree with your thoughts on what made anyone pick Al Gore for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is an idiot and his film was full of misinformation. It also leaves me speechless, sort of!!! Smile.

I can't wait to see you in July, even if I will be the oldster in the group. I am gearing up for no naps!!! HA!

Love you bunches,
Jeanne xoxoxo

wendy said...

Oh my hell...is all I can say Al Gore...for Global Warming.
This woman needs a statue in her honor. What an incredible story!!!!!
I just look at both of their faces and want to hug them. I would have loved to spend some time with them and listened to their "life stories".
pretty humbling for sure. Thanks for sharing that with us.