Be nice to others and they will be nice to you. It’s a simple thought yet it comes from the wisdom of the ages. It is my grandfather’s life motto and it follows him into his 99th year.
Born in 1918 in Bremerhaven Germany, he saw the aftermaths of WWI, he rationed trough the great depression, experienced the growing tensions of Europe, immigrated to the States, learned a new language and adjusted to a New York life style. He fought in WWII, married and had three kids. Worked for a printing press, worked as an artist and as a mailman. He walked 14 miles a day. He camped, he gardened, he smoked a pipe. He watched family members pass, his wife pass, his friends pass. His driver’s licenses was taken from him at age 93. Now he tries to master his cell phone and to understand what the Internet is. He works to avoid losing his dentures and fights through fading eyesight. He feels the weight of gravity as never before as his body regresses.
But his smile and his laughter are contagious. His gratitude and his appreciation for the people around him are inspiring and heart warming. His goodwill and kindness are reflected through his friends, because at the end of the day it is about the people.
Here is to my grandfather, Werner Gustav Meyer. CHEERS, for your 99th!