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Heroes Among Us

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:

  1. Stay busy. Which is also why he has continued to work.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:



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