Saturday, June 2, 2007

Rip Van Winkle's wife was never like this

Positive Liberty writes about this story.

A Polish man has woken up from a 19-year coma to find the Communist party no longer in power and food no longer rationed....

Railway worker Jan Grzebski, 65, fell into a coma after he was hit by a train in 1988....

He credits his survival to his wife, Gertruda, who cared for him.

Doctors gave him only two or three years to live after the accident....

"It was Gertruda that saved me, and I'll never forget it," Mr Grzebski told news channel TVN24 of his recovery.

Mrs Grzebski is reported to have moved her husband every hour to prevent bed sores....

When Mr Grzebski had his accident Poland was still ruled by its last communist leader, Wojciech Jaruzelski.

"When I went into a coma there was only tea and vinegar in the shops, meat was rationed and huge petrol queues were everywhere," Mr Grzebski said....

What amazes me today is all these people who walk around with their mobile phones and never stop moaning," said Mr Grzebski.

"I've got nothing to complain about."

Not sure which part is more amazing - the story of the man who woke up to a changed world, or the story of the woman who took care of her husband for better or for worse?

But the fact that people in the new Poland are complaining is not news. Capitalism may answer some economic issues (although in some cases it does not), but it does not meet your spiritual needs.

Speaking of Rip Van Winkle, it turns out that HIS wife plays a part in his story, but a quite different one, according to Wikipedia:

An amiable man whose home and farm suffer from his lazy neglect, he is loved by all except the one person who matters to him, his wife. He escapes his nagging wife by wandering up the mountains. After an adventure playing nine-pins with the ghosts of Henry Hudson's crew, and sharing their liquor, he settles down under a shady tree and falls asleep. He wakes up twenty years later and returns to his village. He finds out that his wife is dead....As Rip resumes his habit of idleness in the village, and his tale is solemnly believed by the old Dutch settlers, certain hen-pecked husbands especially wish they shared Rip's luck.


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