I was supposed to be in trial in Chesapeake all week, but the case surprisingly settled. So, I found myself sitting in my “usual back booth” at Bob Evans, for some breakfast yesterday. It’s in my breakfast places- to-go rotation. Even though their slogan is “Down on the Farm“, I prefer just sitting in that booth and not the farm. Thank you! Although, I do have great memories of being raised on the farm. But I digress!
A man came around the corner, stuck out his hand, and introduced himself. It surprised me, because I was engrossed in my iPad reading ritual. Then, he proceeded to tell me a story that made my morning.
He had been in World War II and had even had the opportunity to meet President Roosevelt at a breakfast. Roosevelt had looked him in the eye and said, “When you come back to D.C., we need to have breakfast again and finish our conversation”. Roosevelt made a lifetime memory for him.
When he came back from the war, he and a friend each put up $2500 to start a contracting business. Now, he is 91-years-old and still works at the business. He added that he was headed out to do some estimates. He has no plans to retire.
I asked him for his advice for a long life. He gave me the following thoughts:
- Stay busy. Which is also why he has continued to work.
- Don’t smoke. Before going to war, he worked at Phillip Morris. Even though they would give him free cigarettes, he would just give them away.
- Don’t worry. He says that he never thinks about long life. He just enjoys what he is doing.
I thanked him for his military service, his advice, and for making my morning. A true hero… even in attitude!
And for pic o’ day: