Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom
Down Home in NC

Friday, October 9, 2015

This Moment, See Beautiful

We are joining Sugar's This Moment, See Beautiful blog hop
click here to read about all the beautiful moments 


I want to thank you all for suffering thru enjoying the peep's vacation photos.  They saw lots of beautiful places; however, today
mom wants to tell you about the moments they spent with a 
beautiful couple they met on the Motorcoach Tour. 


They were Jerry, age 95, and Elsa, age 89.
Jerry was born and raised in New Jersey
Elsa was born in the Black Forest of Germany.
She and her family moved to the the USA when she was six.
They retired to North Carolina many years ago

This is Elsa she does not look her age nor did she act it...
look at that beautiful smile
Very spry and spunky
Elsa wanted to climb a lighthouse but Jerry was not able to climb.
He told her she had to go with some buddies.  She asked my peeps if she could climb the 250 steps of Cape Hatteras lighthouse with them.  Of course they said YES!!!  My peeps let Elsa go first to set the pace.  Every so often Elsa would look back to ask Mom is she was going to keep climbing.  Mom told Elsa absolutely they would go as far she wanted to go.  There were landings after each set of steps, there were lots of folks climbing too so they didn't go very fast but they kept a steady pace.  In no, time Elsa, Mom and Dad were at the tippy top of Cape Hatteras 208'!!  
 MY PEEPS were in awe of Elsa!!
Mom said Elsa let me take a photo of you to prove you were here.  After the got home,mom sent this photo to Elsa.  Not only is Elsa in excellent physical shape, she teaches stain glass art, she designs stain glass for homes and business and often helps with installation of her creations. 


I'm sorry I don't have a photo of Jerry, except from the top of the Lighthouse looking down...where he sat patiently waiting for his beautiful bride to return!!

Jerry was the life of the tour.  My peeps sat with Jerry and Elsa
at several meals.  Jerry kept everyone stitches...
he had the most beautiful smile and you could tell he 
enjoyed every beautiful moment of his life.  
Jerry was a WWII veteran he flew......P47 Thunderbolts 
in England. He was an escort to bombers.
It was one of the most dangerous jobs of a pilot. 


He was from a large family.  All of the boys in the family were all
in World War II, they all left home on the same day.  He
said they all were proud to serve their country. Thankfully
Jerry and his brothers all returned home after the war.
Jerry told us the most beautiful story.  After a few years of being home, he told his parents he was ready to get married.
His mom went in to her bedroom, opened her dresser drawer.
Jerry saw 4 envelopes labeled with the name of each of her sons. When Jerry opened the envelope, it was full of money.
The entire time he and his brothers were in the War they sent whatever pay they rec'd to their mom.  She saved every cent.
She told Jerry that money was for him to start off his life as a married man.  Needless to say Jerry was successful.

Mom  doesn't normally write such a long post. 
 If you finished reading this beautiful story of Jerry and Elsa, we thank you.
They made each moment of the tour beautiful
My peeps were truly inspired by their zest for life!!


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43 comments:

  1. What a WONDERFUL post. You made me smile so big!

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  2. This is awesome! So blessed they all came home safe from WWII.

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  3. We just love hearing about people who love life and Jerry and Elsa are grand examples!!!! Thanks to your Mama for sharing them with us!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  4. What a splendid post! We love Jerry and Elsa's story and the lighthouse climb. Thank you for sharing this See Beautiful post with us.
    Sending >>smooches>> from your besties at Angel Prancer Pie.

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  5. Wow, Elsa looks so young for her age!

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  6. Madi that was PAWSOME to write a post about Jerry and Elsa... BRAVO! It's fabulous to meet such interesting and nice people and it's great to create wonderful memories of BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS that way.

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  7. Great post, what a privilege it must have been to share your trip with such a wonderful couple.
    I confess to getting a bit teary when I read the bit about Jerry's wartime service and how his mother saved the money. And I assume that Elsa's family were Germans, which makes the story even more remarkable.
    Thanks for telling us about them,
    Cheers, Gail

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  8. That is a beautiful story. SHE doesn't think SHE'll even last that long, much less be in such great shape!

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  9. This was an awesome read. Jerry may have escorted my uncle who was the gunner in a bomber!! Amazing couple. Elsa reminds me of an older octogenarian who climbed the steps and forged her way through the tunnel at the top of Diamondhead in Hawaii....I was suffering in the heat and humidity...she on the other hand had no problems at all. My family reminds me of this a lot. LOL

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  10. That is a VERY beautiful story, what a pawsome couple
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  11. What a beautiful couple to spend time with♥

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  12. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story with us!!

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  13. Hari OM
    You know, Madi, we can get weighed down by all the sickly news in the world; but then we can have experiences and share moments like this and we come to know that Goodness and Love will always come out on top!!! Hugs and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

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  14. That sure is one beautiful story. What amazing people. It sure was fun reading about them. Glad you got to meet them. Have a great day.

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  15. What an amazing couple. Thanks for sharing their story! I hope to have that spunk in my 80s and beyond!

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  16. Madi this was a lovely post..we feel as if we too had the honor of meeting Elsa and Jerry..you can see that spark for life and we wish them many more years of travel and joy together..a beautiful post indeed ..Loves Fozziemum xxx

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  17. What a beautiful post and such a great story!! Elsa and Jerry sound like a fabulous couple.

    The Florida Furkids

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  18. They look like wonderful peeps especially cause they are from NJ where mom is from
    Lily & Edward

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  19. Maddi, I really loved your post. Mum said that it reminded of a tour she and my hu-brother Marc went on in the mid '80s. There was a single Canadian guy, and a young Indian couple on their honeymoon. The 5 of them used to hang out together and the rumor went around on the coach that they were a "family". She said that making friendly like that on a tour!!!

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  20. What an amazing view. We're doubtful OUR mom could do that.

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  21. Wow! What an incredible story! Our mom enjoyed your post about Jerry and Elsa so much, she had to read it to all of us and we agree with her! Thank you for sharing it!

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  22. Thank you for sharing this story of Jerry and Elsa. What a wonderful couple and a heartwarming addition to your peeps vacation
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  23. Oh Meow mommy sez she wants sum of whatever she was usin' or havin'. She has more wrinkles on hers little finger. MOL Gweat stowry.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  24. We just loved that story and we are so glad you shared it with us. What a beautiful couple!!!

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  25. madi...we troo lee N joyed reedin thiz post two day, manee thanx for sharin Jerry & Elsa's storee.. N yur momz rite...Elsa doez knot look 89...we could all hope ta look az good...we hope Jerry & Elsa haza chance ta reed yur momz blog two day madi...we bet they'd love it !!

    heerz two a redfin perch kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

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  26. Such a beautiful, beautiful couple!!!

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  27. What an amazing couple Jerry and Elsa are!!! We loved reading about them and seeing the lovely photo of Elsa - 89???? WOW!!! Mom says we should all be so lucky.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  28. Hey Madi!
    Wow, you look super in your punkin patch header! Looks like your peeps had a wonderful vacation. I agree that beautiful is a perfect word for that sweet couple. We should all do so well at that age! BOL/MOL ahem.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

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  29. Wow, that is a beautiful story!! We cannot believe how good Elsa looks! Wowzers!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  30. What a wonderful story. Elsa reminds me of a great aunt I had. She dug up a 5 ft. around tree stump at age 98 ny herself She lived to age 98 years. She always awed me..

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  31. Elsa is a remarkable lady to climb all those steps and definitely does not look her age. That is a lovely story of how Gerry's mother saved all the money for her sons.

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  32. They sound like a pretty amazing couple!

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  33. They sound like a pretty amazing couple!

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  34. WOW! Love the story and beautiful to share on See Beautiful hop. What a lovely smile of Elsa. Happy Seeing Beauty. Golden Woofs

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  35. What a wonderful experience your peeps had with Jerry and Elsa. They sound like a great couple.

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  36. Good for Elsa! Jerry and Elsa make me smile this morning... :)

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  37. One of the SWEETEST stories EVER.....what a spectacular couple they are. Bless them for their FULL and happy life and living every minute of it having fun together. Love the story of Jerry's Mom keeping money for each of the boys from what they sent back home when they were in the military serving their country. Makes your heart FULL just thinking about all that love in the family and obviously Jerry and his brothers took that kind of love with them when they started their own family. Thanks for sharing.......very special.

    Love, Sammy (and Mom Pam)

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  38. This is a wonderful post. What amazing people. So inspiring!! xxx

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  39. I love stories like that! And Elsa doesn't look at all like an 89-year old! I hope I grow old like that!!

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  40. How inspiring! What a lovely story of climbing the lighthouse. And of Jerry's mom with the envelopes. With folks like that along, it surely was a lovely vacation for you.

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  41. Jerry and Elsa are both amazing. His Mom was a wonderful person too!

    Really enjoyed hearing about them. They sound like they were so much fun to be around.

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