My mother’s 100th birthday

My mother, Lotte Robinson, turned 100 on November 16, and I went to California for the party.

Lotte Dreyfuss was born in Nurnberg, Germany. Her father had taken a bullet for his country in WWI. The family was affluent and Jewish. In 1937 they sent Lotte safely to school in England; she arrived in the United States as a refugee on May 14, 1938. The rest of the family followed, though a grandmother died in a concentration camp. Lotte went on to marry and raise two children in the quintessential American way. Hitler’s dead 75 years, but Lotte is still here.

Lives in her own home (able to afford full-time care). Still has her marbles. Short term memory shot, but no dementia, and still a very positive attitude, constantly repeating how lucky she is. Though she’s been everywhere and seen everything, she’s the farthest thing from jaded. Her favorite words have always been Gorgeous, Marvelous, and Unbelievable.

Being in California less than 24 hours made my return less complicated, under New York’s travel restrictions. In two days I had six flights, stopping in four different cities (Detroit twice). But I reminded myself that the entire peregrination took less time than just getting home from Somaliland last December.

Flying over the vast American expanse, seeing it through an airplane window, has always inspired emotion. This time more than ever. Returning from my mother’s 100th; returning home to my beloved wife. And my dark anxiety for my country having lifted; it’s been saved, with my own proud participation. The whole world looks brighter. We still face grave problems, but help is on the way. Looking out that airplane window, my heart was full.

5 Responses to “My mother’s 100th birthday”

  1. Robyn Blumner Says:

    Congratulations to your mom. She looks Gorgeous, Marvelous, and Unbelievable!

    Robyn E. Blumner *President and CEO*, Center for Inquiry *Executive Director,* Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science 1012 14th St. NW, Suite 205 Washington, D.C. 20005 RBlumner@centerforinquiry.org

    The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Our vision is a world where people value evidence and critical thinking, where superstition and prejudice subside, and where science and compassion guide public policy.

    On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 9:46 AM The Rational Optimist wrote:

    > rationaloptimist posted: ” My mother, Lotte Robinson, turned 100 on > November 16, and I went to California for the party. Lotte Dreyfuss was > born in Nurnberg, Germany. Her father had taken a bullet for his country in > WWI. The family was affluent and Jewish. In 1937 they sent” >

  2. Don Bronkema Says:

    Kosmos is indifferent. Pessimism/optimism: equally baseless & risible. Mind is a 20-khz sweeper-wave neural consensus–an epiphenomenon, not a ‘ding-an-sich’, spirit or soul. Volition is ludicrous [vide: Libet & Koch]. There’s no personhood in a machine like Der Mann, tho he master the galaxy. This nonagenarian welcomes rebuttal, sed non argumentum multo graviora tulisti.

  3. didiusjulianus Says:

    Congratulations to your Mother!

  4. KEVIN HOPKINS Says:

    What a nice piece. I second the Congratulations to your mother. My own mother would have been 100 on the 26th of this month and also emigrated to England at about the same time as yours.

    Good to see you being positive and living up to your nom de plume. You inspired my haiku:

    Pessimists know best
    Forecasting only defeats?
    Optimism wins.

  5. Don Bronkema Says:

    Still no rebuttal to my comments? Cavea pusill…

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