Happy Birthday.....  

Rudy1166 50M
132 posts
4/30/2006 7:49 am

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Happy Birthday.....

To my Father who turns 71 today.
He grew up in WW II Germany. Knows what
real hard times are about. Knows what it's like to have fighter planes crashing near his home. Tanks going right past his house. Americans using the family house for headquarters. His father, Rudolf (my grandfather) was taken captive for 3 years by the French. Food was scarce and had to be guarded.

Because of him, I really appreciate what I have in my life. Learned not to take anything or anyone for granted. I can tell the difference between what is a life necessity and what is just a desire, and to prioritize accordingly.
Wants do not become needs, and real needs get taken care of first.

The Germans of his generation have a saying: "Dir geht es zu gut." In English, you have it too good.
They say that to people who complain about petty things, or foolishly go into debt for bigger, better, more and more stuff that they "need".

May we never know first hand what he experienced as a kid growing up.

singleagain53578 47F

4/30/2006 8:25 am

We as Americans, take so much for granted when other countried have to literally fight for everything they take into their mouths. We are a spoilt country. I wish others would see that. We bitch and complain all the time that things aren't perfect. Let them all go over to these 3rd world countries and see what real life is like.

You told me about what alot your family had to go through just to survive and I am sure it has made you that perfect man you are today. I can't wait to learn more about you!


Rudy1166 replies on 4/30/2006 9:00 am:
Me, a perfect man? Heh-heh, my ex would beg to differ.
Seriously, thanks for the compliment.

singleagain53578 47F

4/30/2006 8:26 am

Oh and if wish yer dad a Happy Birthday for me!


liptrip4u 47F

4/30/2006 8:29 am

Happy BD to your father, may he be blessed to see many more.

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
4/30/2006 8:33 am

happy birthday too your dad

I'm a

i'm here to stay

flagg134 36M
1582 posts
4/30/2006 9:00 am

We take so much in life for granted. All the freedoms we have even with the imperfect system its alot better than living in fear everyday. In my time with the military I have seen it with my own eyes its not a pretty world and we should be thankful for what we have.

Happy B-day to your father may he have many more


Rudy1166 replies on 4/30/2006 9:32 am:
You understand where my family came from.

GoddessOfTheDawn 105F
11240 posts
4/30/2006 9:02 am

happy birthday wishez to both you and him....

Rudy1166 50M
136 posts
4/30/2006 10:21 pm

Thank you all for the warm wishes.


southrnpeach333 50F

5/4/2006 11:39 am

Sorry for the late wishes, but the sentiment is always on time. Wise words to live by as well. We do have it too lucky here at times.

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