Strong woman – Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler
Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98)
Warsaw, Poland

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.  Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.  During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.  Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.  She was not selected.  Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Patchwork walls?

I’m on a roll today – should take up blogging instead of boring Facebook with my views on the world. I went to Reading yesterday to return some wallpaper. There should be an easier way to view all the variety of patterns and colours available rather than bringing home an irregular shaped sample torn off the roll or a huge book that won’t stay open at your colorway? Perhaps, B&Q et al should sell (for like a £1) packages of precut wallpaper samples in certain themes or hues? Do you think TV shows like the Dragon’s Den might me interested? Or as a quilter I could paste all the squares onto the wall and create a new kind of decorating trend.

Swear words and little ears

While I was out with Peps yesterday I saw three ‘young ladies’ out in their front yard having a gab and a fag. Nothing wrong with that, however, the expletives were coming thick and fast and one of them had a three year old daughter running in and out of the house. Honestly, this is the same girl who will be smacked for swearing at her mother when she’s seven. I know I use bad words occasionally (ahem) but my current little responsibility is such a good boy – I have never heard Pepper repeat any of my choice words yet!

A visit to Runnymede

Had an interesting walk with Peps at Runnymede this morning. I met a man wearing a Russian style fur hat who told me he had military secrets from the Russians and the Italians that he was willing to publish; he also said that since the Queen had never given land to any of her subjects we were not bound by feudal law to pay homage to her! I came back to the car vowing never again to say “good morning” to complete strangers. Then on the way home I watched a policeman walk across the M25 (six lanes of motorway!) with his hand in the air and all the traffic stopped in a straight line across the road. What a bizarre outing.