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Uncle Onésime birthday tomorrow
Something is special about it...
Macguru




msg:289630
 11:23 pm on Aug 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

My mom's big brother will be 100 years old tomorrow.

Onésime is more than twice my age. He lived things I bearly can imagine by reading history books. When he was 13, his school went on fire. He ran back into the blaze, and came out of this hell pushing the piano to "save his life".

He worked on a farm most of his childhood
He worked digging in a copper mine most of his teen years
He worked handling and breathing lead for a printer for 40 years after that
He raised a family of 13, in these conditions.

At 100 years :

He still can have an interesting conversation
He still can walk
He still can ride a bicycle
He still can drive his car
He still can do accounting for a local farming coop, and getting paid for it.

All this with a smile.

When I asked him his secret, he told me :

If I knew, do you think I would keep it secret?

I am off to bake him his birthday cake.

 

loanuniverse




msg:289631
 11:58 pm on Aug 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Good for him MacGuru. A family of 13! Big crowd tomorrow I am guessing.

mivox




msg:289632
 12:11 am on Aug 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

Wow. How great that his quality of life is still so high... I once attended a woman's 101st birthday, and she sat in a chair, staring blankly around the room the whole time.

So, a toast to your grandfather! Perhaps it was the 40 years of lead exposure that did it? ;)

encyclo




msg:289633
 12:24 am on Aug 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

All this with a smile

And that's probably his secret.

I remember meeting my great uncle in 1977. I was four years old, and he was 101 years old. He was a kind man who gave me toffees, and he smiled a lot too. It is amazing to think of the life he had led, compared to mine (they barely overlap - he died that same year).

Wish Uncle Onésime a very happy birthday from the rest of us!

roscoepico




msg:289634
 12:25 am on Aug 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

He worked on a farm most of his childhood
He worked digging in a copper mine most of his teen years
He worked handling and breathing lead for a printer for 40 years after that
He raised a family of 13, in these conditions.

I like to read these types of things when I am having a bad day. Makes me realize things aren't so bad even on my worst days.

mattglet




msg:289635
 1:03 am on Aug 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

I remember my 93 year old great-grandmother teaching me how to play Chinese Checkers. She was a riot, sharp as a tack.

She made it to 95, until time finally took it's toll. I can only hope I am able to enjoy life when I'm that old.

Macguru - best wishes to your great-uncle. Here's to his accounting pen, may his ink never dry out.

Macguru




msg:289636
 8:25 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>And that's probably his secret.

I guess so, hope he was contagious.

greenleaves




msg:289637
 9:57 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

Best wishes to Uncle Onesime

Please Be Gentle




msg:289638
 11:12 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ONESIME
Kind Regards
PBG

EarWig




msg:289639
 11:13 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

Happy centurion day to Uncle Onesime from across the pond

EW

digitalghost




msg:289640
 12:28 am on Aug 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Happy Birthday Onésime!

I love hearing stories like this one. I bet he has more than a few tales to tell...

Shane




msg:289641
 12:58 am on Aug 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Happy Birthday Onésime :)

My dad is 88, still exercises three times a week. He amazes me and I hope his genes do the trick for me.

Macguru, may your uncle's genes work their magic on you.

Cheers,
Shane

vkaryl




msg:289642
 1:37 am on Aug 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hope his birthday was everything he wished for it to be! It's great to hear about someone with that many years and still a wonderful quality of life.

Many happy returns to him, and my wish for many more quality years too!

Macguru




msg:289643
 2:52 pm on Aug 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

>Macguru, may your uncle's genes work their magic on you.

Thanks Shane. I hope so too. A lot of people in his family reached the 90. Onésinme can still reach for his toes without bending his knees. He could also remember the name of more people than I could. Quite a phenomenom.

>>Hope his birthday was everything he wished for it to be!

Yeah the party was great. He told us it was good to see all these people reunited again.

And you know what? He introduced us to his new girl friend, Emma... many years younger than him... ;)

Welcome to the family Emma!

Lilliabeth




msg:289644
 3:15 pm on Aug 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Macguru, Reading that post made my day! Hooray for your uncle and hooray for Emma!

mivox




msg:289645
 8:56 pm on Aug 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

He introduced us to his new girl friend, Emma...

May I live such a full life (and be able to touch my toes) when I get anywhere near his age! :)

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