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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thirty Years ago today I was 30 and my Dad passed away. His last wish was for us to keep his restaurant open and that is what we did.
I have always been depressed on this day for 29 years except today. I woke up said my prayers and told my dad how much I loved and missed him, my mom and my sister.
A wave of peace came over me and I decided that this was the day to really say it is the first day of the rest of my life.
I have has so many false starts and stops through out my life and at 60 I think I finally realized all of the world is really a great place to be and healthy. I have been doing my Sp stuff and with what I thought was complete honesty. Well today I see that there are things and steps that I could and will do differently.
I am not alone and and there are ways to maximize the negative to positive in my life.
My DH is such a Blessing to me. I know that for the last 10 years it has been rough but He has been my Rock.
I was very Blessed when I met Him and we married. Long story short. We married when I was 50. Neither one of us were ever married before and When they say for every pot there is a cover or there is someone for everybody.. It sure is true.
We joke and call our selves arrested development. Late Bloomers.. but we are Happy and laugh at least 10 times a day.
I have learned so much from all of you wonderful SP member and I count myself very Blessed.
If I had a hat on I would tip it to you.
If I could leave one person with a smile everyday I know I am doing good.
Have a Blessed Evening all and Know we all have Very Special Angels watching over us...
I saw this thought once and put it on my other emails...

The Happiest people do not necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have...Author unknown

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DOREENKNIGHT64 6/19/2009 8:24AM

    Happiness is not getting what you want, it's wanting what you get.

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Part of History that makes you think

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Wedding Gown That Made History

Lilly Friedman doesn't remember the last name of the woman who designed and sewed the wedding gown she wore when she walked down the aisle over 60 years ago. But the grandmother of seven does recall that when she first told her fiancèñudwig that she had always dreamed of being married in a white gown he realized he had his work cut out for him.
For the tall, lanky 21-year-old who had survived hunger, disease and torture this was a different kind of challenge. How was he ever going to find such a dress in theBergenBelsenDisplaced Person's camp where they felt grateful for the clothes on their backs?

Fate would intervene in the guise of a former German pilot who walked into the food distribution center where Ludwig worked, eager to make a trade for his worthless parachute. In exchange for two pounds of coffee beans and a couple of packs of cigarettes Lilly would have her wedding gown.

For two weeks Miriam the seamstress worked under the curious eyes of her fellow DPs, carefully fashioning the six parachute panels into a simple, long sleeved gown with a rolled collar and a fitted waist that tied in the back with a bow. When the dress was completed she sewed the leftover material into a matching shirt for the groom.

A white wedding gown may have seemed like a frivolous request in the surreal environment of the camps, but for Lilly the dress symbolized the innocent, normal life she and her family had once led before the world descended into madness. Lilly and her siblings were raised in a Torah observant home in the small town of Zarica, Czechoslovakia where her father was a melamed, respected and well liked by the young yeshiva students he taught in nearby Irsheva.
He and his two sons were marked for extermination immediately upon arriving atAuschwitz. For Lilly and her sisters it was only their first stop on their long journey of persecution, which included Plashof, Neustadt, Gross Rosen and finallyBergenBelsen.

Lilly Friedman and her parachute dress on display in theBergenBelsenMuseum

Four hundred people marched 15 miles in the snow to the town ofCelleon January 27, 1946 to attend Lilly and Ludwig's wedding. The town synagogue, damaged and desecrated, had been lovingly renovated by the DPs with the meager materials available to them. When a Sefer Torah arrived fromEnglandthey converted an old kitchen cabinet into a makeshift Aron Kodesh.
"My sisters and I lost everything - our parents, our two brothers, our homes. The most important thing was to build a new home." Six months later, Lilly's sister Ilona wore the dress when she married Max Traeger. After that came Cousin Rosie. How many brides wore Lilly's dress? "I stopped counting after 17." With the camps experiencing the highest marriage rate in the world, Lilly's gown was in great demand.

In 1948 when President Harry Truman finally permitted the 100,000 Jews who had been languishing in DP camps since the end of the war to emigrate, the gown accompanied Lilly across the ocean toAmerica. Unable to part with her dress, it lay at the bottom of her bedroom closet for the next 50 years, "not even good enough for a garage sale. I was happy when it found such a good home."
Home was theU.S.HolocaustMemorialMuseuminWashington
,D.C.When Lily's niece, a volunteer, told museum officials about her aunt's dress, they immediately recognized its historical significance and displayed the gown in a specially designed showcase, guaranteed to preserve it for 500 years.

But Lilly Friedman's dress had one more journey to make.BergenBelsen, the museum, opened its doors on October 28, 2007. The German government invited Lilly and her sisters to be their guests for the grand opening. They initially declined, but finally traveled toHanoverthe following year with their children, their grandchildren and extended families to view the extraordinary exhibit created for the wedding dress made from a parachute.
Lilly's family, who were all familiar with the stories about the wedding inCelle, were eager to visit the synagogue. They found the building had been completely renovated and modernized. But when they pulled aside the handsome curtain they were astounded to find that the Aron Kodesh, made from a kitchen cabinet, had remained untouched as a testament to the profound faith of the survivors. As Lilly stood on the bimah once again she beckoned to her granddaughter, Jackie, to stand beside her where she was once a kallah. "It was an emotional trip. We cried a lot."
Two weeks later, the woman who had once stood trembling before the selective eyes of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele returned home and witnessed the marriage of her granddaughter.

The three Lax sisters - Lilly, Ilona and Eva, who together survived Auschwitz, a forced labor camp, a death march and Bergen Belsen - have remained close and today live within walking distance of each other in Brooklyn. As mere teenagers, they managed to outwit and outlive a monstrous killing machine, then went on to marry, have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and were ultimately honored by the country that had earmarked them for extinction.
As young brides, they had stood underneath the chuppah and recited the blessings that their ancestors had been saying for thousands of years. In doing so, they chose to honor the legacy of those who had perished by choosing life.

In Memoriam


It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated with the German and Russian peoples looking the other way!

Now, more than ever, withIraq,Iran, and others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it's imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.

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KALISWALKER 6/25/2009 3:13PM

    This is such an interesting story. Thanks for sharing!


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WATERBABY4 6/17/2009 9:31PM

    What an amazing story!!! I am so glad you shared it with us. I was so touched by it. I know we cannot imagine what atrocities they went through and I pray that we never forget. What a beautiful gown from a parachute but more importantly, what a memorial for all of us to see and hear about. Thankyou so much!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/17/2009 7:04PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. What a beautiful blog. This is one blog that I will never forget. I just have to say that Richelle and Joe went to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. just last Friday.
Blessings and hugs,

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GRAMTOTWO 6/16/2009 3:45PM

    Thank you for the wonderful story that brought tears to my eyes. My mother was in Germany during the war and told me that, while hiding in a cellar with only potatoes to eat, my grandmother made the children clothing out of parachutes.

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SMILINGEYES2 6/16/2009 11:40AM

    What a beautiful testimony. I can see now the women working together and stitching this fine dress for the young bride. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us.

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Down but Not out

Monday, June 15, 2009

Today was a very sad day for me. Not able to put a finger on why, still don't know ...but I kept going and did the things I needed to do to take care of me.
Today the bright spot was such inspiration form SP members of many groups and reading others words. Hope it will be a better day tomorrow. Well.. Nope I won't let it be..
Going to go to bed early tonight and try and really get some good sleep.
Many Hugs to all.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/17/2009 4:49PM

    Donna, I hope you got some good rest the last couple of nights and are feeling much better today. I hope things are looking up for you and you are having happier days...at least not really sad ones. Keeping you in prayer my friend for all you are going through.
God bless you.

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SP Music bringing back memories

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Right now I am having some leg pain and am sitting here bopping to the music. woooooooooohooooooooooo Denise's Rock Music has me moving in my seat. Now this isn't half bad the more I bop the better I feel.
What can I listen to later??? hmmmmm Is there anything Sparks cannot come up with they will benefit us all.
What a way to forgot age and feel like a Big Kid again. Talk about Motivations.
Now I am a Dead Head Again.. Not that I was ever really one except the Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia kind. I was more the Searchers and Beatles and Dave Clark 5, British Invasion.
My poor sister got roped into taking my friend Barbara and I to JKF but it was Idlewild then to see The Searchers landing. emoticon Little did I know or really appreciate was that the First Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was on the same plane and my sister (of course) recognized him. He came over shook our hands and took Barbara and I past security right up to shake hands with the searchers.
I was on cloud 9 for the next month.
I hope I didn't bore you all.
Right now I am closing this to The Beatle... Let it be.(Coach Dean's Baby Boomer List)
Have a peaceful night.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/17/2009 12:23PM

    Donna, Thank you for sharing the memories. What a blessing you are to me this morning!!! It sounds like we have much the same taste in music. WOOHOO!! The oldies are definitely the goodies.
Have a great moooooving day!
I hope your leg is better today. Praying for you for your leg pain and any other needs you may have.
Blessings and hugs,

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Give up or take a stand...my choice

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Give up or take a stand...my choice
How many times have I given up... to much to count. Today I made a choice.
I took a real hard look at myself and what DH and I want out of life. Set my sights on the finish line of where we want to end up.
If I stay fat and unhealthy, and not because of all the health issues... I will just wallow in self pity and self loathing. I did that for way to many years.
I received a gift from God almost 5 years ago when I beat BC and wasted so much time.
I kicked myself in the butt and am moving on. I was also given a gift of having SP in my life and all you wonderful people who re enforce the fact I am Not alone in my struggle and fight.
How can I be so pig headed Not to Realize what I have been given.
Like the joke...
A man asked God why did he forsake him during the flood..
" God's answer was... I gave you a boat and you did not take it, I sent you a rescue team and you did not take it. The flood rose and I sent a helicopter and still you refuse.. What did you want me to do???? " Some thing to really think about.
Open your eyes I actually leaned into the mirror and said that.
Now it is time to set my own little goals to fulfill.
Blessing to you all.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/14/2009 5:55PM

    So very true. So many times, the answer is right before us but we try to make it complicated and miss the simple answer. CONGRATULATIONS on getting moving on again. I am here for you. If I can help in any way, please let me know as we are all in this together.
God bless you.

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