Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a Coffee Meet and Greet in Northfield. I met some old friends and some new and am thankful for Eileen Toland and Nancy Woerner for sponsoring and hosting. I am also thankful for whomever brought the cheesecake – it was delicious!
But I am most thankful for the opportunity to meet Hildy, an 89 year-old immigrant from Germany. She is a passionate democrat and loves this country, even though it is not the country of her origin. Hildy told me she grew up in Germany, under Hitler’s regime and that what she is seeing now in our country is hitting a little too close to home. She was lucky enough to come to the United States in 1953 at the age of 23 to start a new life. Hildy came here, speaking no English, but acclimating nonetheless. She related tales of bureaucracy that she experienced (like the Kentucky DMV giving her a middle initial because a middle name was a necessity to receive a driver’s license). Hildy took all these minor inconveniences in stride since she had already experienced the worst of humanity, but now she is once again fearful. This is why, at 89, Hildy is becoming an activist – to ensure history does not repeat itself and to ensure that “America stays the greatest country in the world”.
Here’s to Hildy and all the others who experienced the worst events in history only to come out stronger and fight for the best this country has to offer.