Sunday 11 March 2012: Nordic wisdom
"Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese."
- Billie Burke
The man in this photo is my grandfather. He is 89 years young and loves painting and music. He is a self-taught painter and he has gained some reputation with his paintings during his retirement years. He also loves composing music on his piano - both the words and the melody. As if that wasn't enough, he also is in the process of writing his own autobiography.
Born in 1923, he took part in the battles of World War II here in Finland against the Russians. Now thinking back on it, the situation is pretty funny (as funny as a war can get...), as my great-grandfather (from my mother's side) is from russia and fought in the same war, against the finns.
Just imagine the scene - both my grandfather and great-grandfather pointing each other with guns and saying: "Let's not kill each other, in 40 years time we will be close relatives and have the same grandchildren." :D
(MChallenge12 phrase today: "Someone you talked to today")