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A super centenarian

April 15, 2011 - Karin Elton
Just imagine being old enough to remember hearing your grandfather talk about fighting in the U.S. Civil War.

Walter Breuning was 3 when his grandfather told him about killing Southerners. That kind of talk would stay with a person and he remembered it for the next 111 years of his life. Breuning, the world’s oldest man, died this week in Montana at the age of 114.

Here's his secret to a long life, according to The Associated Press: — Embrace change. ("Every change is good.") — Eat two meals a day ("That's all you need.") — Work as long as you can ("That money's going to come in handy.") — Help others ("The more you do for others, the better shape you're in.") Then there's the lesson Breuning said he learned from his grandfather: Accept death. "We're going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die. Because you're born to die," he said.

Pretty good advice.

I just set up an obituary to run in Saturday’s paper about a 13-year-old boy who died. It said that he was welcomed by his father and grandmother. That would be comforting. It would ease the pain for those left behind in this dimension to know that the boy is with other relatives who have passed over.

People on operating tables and near death have reported seeing their dead relatives — or it could be just a trick of the traumatized brain, some say.

Maybe Walter Breuning can say to his grandfather, “Long time, no see.”

 
 

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