"I'm not a big fella, but I got a big heart and a big mind,” he said as he accepted one of his awards. His key for long life is “treating people right and trusting God.” The memory that I hold dearest is seeing him dancing at his 100th birthday party!
According to the finding of some experts, a 100th year old man is NOT supposed to be dancing or giving acceptance speeches. No doubt, the forerunners of these same experts would have told my grandfather that he was too old at 40 to father another child. The experts would argue that it is unfair to a child to have older parents. Children would become orphans or in their 20s have to take care of older parents.
It’s hard to say what my grandfather’s response to the experts would have been. Probably the experts would have mistaken his overall easy-nature as weakness. Yet, his response would prove most powerful 60 years later as he danced at his 100th birthday party!
UPDATE: This post is in honor of my grandfather who passed away on January 16, 2013. God not only gave him “long years of life” but gave “life to his years”. He lived 50+ years beyond what was expected in 1911. So you somewhat understand why my faith lies in a Higher Power than in the probability and the odds.