Wednesday, October 14, 2009

corner view - love




a while back i caught a cab in tel aviv. the driver, a big man with toned glasses and pale skin, asked me where i was from. he thought i might be german, and he told me that he was born in germany in 1945.

his parents had settled shortly in munich. his mother was pregnant with him and not fit for traveling far after they had spent the last years of the war in auschwitz.

it brought tears to my eyes. i felt silly, but suddenly, this big guy, driving me around tel aviv in his cab, seemed like a living miracle. a proof that love will find a place to grow, even then and there.

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shortly after he was born, the little family continued to israel. his father wanted to go to the states, but his mother, who had only one brother left after the war, wanted to follow him to israel.

i asked him if his parents had been happy with their choice. i couldn't see his eyes as he smiled and said, "you know, life was hard here, back then...". and i smiled back, not sure if he noticed the glimpse of sorrow in mine. as much as i love this place, and the man that brought me here, i know. it still is.

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need some more lovin'? jane of spain daily will show you where to find it.

47 comments:

  1. your story made me shiver [is that the right word? my english.. so bad..]

    soooo much pain and yet soooo much love...

    strange world we live in

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  2. your story is a powerful one.
    the world that we live in sometimes makes perfect sense and at other times no sense at all.
    love is the one that that we all can do to make life that much better.
    love.love.love.

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  3. ♥♥... as always, text an picture are amazing. I can feel the emotion here in brussels... thanks lovely trinsh

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  4. Lots of emotion, as usual, with your post. Thanks

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  5. I can relate,thought the same thoughts many,many times..like today for instance,when we heard the sound of the air alarm go off and wasn't entirely sure whether it was just false alarm or something else..Turns out,it was false alarm!!and also...Spain has always a special place in my heart,lived there before moving to Israel!!

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  6. Love your post... you are such a great storyteller

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  7. Somehow I know what you mean... Lovely post as always (I got some goosebamps actually..). And a great photo too.

    Thank you for sharing Trinsch! Have a beautiful day! xxx

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  8. It must be so hard to live at the foot of a volcano (to say it with Yehoshua).

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  9. That is so beautiful, those meetings, to be touched and seen by people

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  10. It is such a moving story....

    I really love Israel and the stories of the people who came to live there.

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  11. wow thats a beautiful story and i love the picture that goes with it..thank you for sharing

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  12. thank you for sharing

    an important post
    hugs!

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  13. small moments like this are always worth savouring. thanks for sharing

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  14. I've been here before (this morning actually), but that story emotionally knocked me over and so I couldn't leave you a message -yes, yes, I'm a softie :-(. Also your last words got to me.
    Like someone wrote before: Powerful post, thx, XXX, C.

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  15. There must be so much of those heartwrenching stories in Israel.
    The power of love and life....it never stops to move me! And your post moved me in so many ways.
    ♥ Jeannette

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  16. Such an amazing moment you caught. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

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  17. thanks for sharing this moment of yours.
    different times same sentiment.
    thank you again.

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  18. I think it would have been hard not to be overcome with emothion in that cab. What a gift to hear his story. I guess we never know what burdens others carry in their hearts.
    LOVE
    lOVE
    LOVE
    Great post Trinsch....

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  19. That is a really nice story. You write very well.

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  20. This is just beautiful. What a special story to hold on to... Thank you so much for your sweet note about Denmark. It still feels like a dream and I cannot wait to visit in a two weeks and see it with my own eyes. I am nervous, happy, scared, thrilled... oh, the things dreams are made of!

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  21. What a great gift you've got, to be able to see and feel the greatness in a moment and a meeting like the one in your story. Love is both happy and sad like in your post.

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  22. thank you for your comment in my post!
    that installation was an important one for me. i have had red cheeks all day for posting that. it´s so personal, but at the same time universal, i hope.
    the love of my life. and how i understood it.
    he is gone. he died.
    but life is abundant, extravagant, i have a dear one beside me now.
    anyway thanks!

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  23. quelle belle histoire...remplie d'amour !

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  24. It is strange how those times that the man was talking about slowly sink in the past. My family had personal experience with the war, however, not tragical one, still I have people around me who had to undergo much harder times. My German granddad, he sure didn't have it easy in Czechoslovakia after the war. If I ever feel like I suffer I remember his life and calm down quickly.

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  25. what an amazing story ..... it's good to be ready to listen .... and then share the story you've heard. thank you.

    (here's my c.v.)

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  26. wonderful story and photo -- really great corner view!

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  27. that was beautifully written!!! and nice picture too :))

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  28. This is such an evocative story...beautifully writing and image. xo

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  29. such a touching story. i always find chance encounters are some of the most meaningful we make. something to treasure.

    p.s.: (...) you really have a way with words, what a gift.

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  30. What a moving story ... beautiful post!

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  31. Beautiful, just beautiful. This is the kind of story that stays, you know? Thank you.

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  32. Oh, I have tears in my eyes! How honored you must have felt to have heard his beautiful story and how lucky are we that you shared it with us. Thank you!

    Happy Day!

    LOVE this photo by the way!

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  33. this slice of life made me tear up, trinsch. i'm glad the man chose you to tell his story, because you did justice to it with your beautiful writing.

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  34. What a powerful and beautiful story. I also love the picture, very unique!

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  35. You're a magnificent storyteller!!

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  36. love reading your stories.

    and never seen a more beautiful electricity box than this one :) wish they would all be like this.

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  37. Your whole post is so beautiful---the exquisite heart, and the heart-felt story. And the way you found them both in seemingly un-expected moments of life...

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  38. You're right, it' a kind of love story... a story that make us more strong and confident...

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  39. i like your love story dear trinsch and also the picture. there is something - like a connection i have with israel. it's more a feeling, but i know one day i've to go there.

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  40. Everyone has a story... Great corner view! Thank you for sharing...ox

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  41. that is an amazing story. it brought tears to MY eyes, just reading it!

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