Friday, April 15, 2011
What's in a life?
MEET SOMEONE SPECIAL.
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.
AND HERE'S THE BIG THING THAT MADE ME GO....... WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DOING?
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.