The Ride Of A Lifetime

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Willie saw the impressive turnout for the memorial service.

An older gentleman turned to him and asked, “You had family on the train?”

“Yes, my grandfather.  You?”

“Yes, I actually was on the train.  Lived here in London since.”  He glanced through his program.  “I was all of seven when I met Nicky.  It feels quite odd to call him Sir Nicholas.”  He paused, then laughed.  “Can you imagine?  A man goes on two-week holiday and ends up years later with hundreds of children?”

A woman approached the dais.  “I’m Barbara Winton, and on behalf of the Winton family …”

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Sir Nicholas Winton and the Kinder Transport.

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29 Responses to The Ride Of A Lifetime

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Though my mother wasn’t on those trains, she followed a similar route

  2. Dale says:

    Such a beautiful write, Kent. I’m having a bit of trouble typing through my tears. Even though I knew this story, it gets me every time.

    • wmqcolby says:

      Yeah, me, too. I remember Frank Capra once said in his autobiography something about courage moving people to tears. I also think bravery, sacrifice and humility do the same. I would MUCH rather write about those than write negative (“go dark” in a story, as we say here at FF) or point fingers at people, etc. It is in the moving forward that makes the difference. And that video is amazingly touching. Thanks for reading, Dale!

      • Dale says:

        Many things move me to tears (then again, I’m such a suck!)
        I extremely rarely go dark in any of my stories – just not me. Pointing fingers is a dangerous game, I say…

    • wmqcolby says:

      Yes, finger pointing is not good — I have been given by The Queen three fingers and her telling me to read between the lines. I reply, “Yup, I’m STILL number one.” Obviously, we kid around a lot. Closed down several restaurants and almost kicked out of the buildings. Ah, the things we do for laughs … You really need to see us in action. 😀

    • wmqcolby says:

      Well, at least I didn’t get hit —

  3. granonine says:

    A lovely story. I’ve seen this video before, and still it brought tears to my eyes. What a delightful man.

    • wmqcolby says:

      Yes, Linda, he was incredible. And he didn’t really think anything of it, either. He just thought, “OK, I did that, next thing.” Greater love has no man than this — etc. 😉

  4. Bill says:

    Wow. Very touching.

  5. Dear Cuzzin Kent,

    5 out of 5 righteous gentiles on this one. What a wonderful man. I’m glad he was finally recognized Well done.

    Shalom,

    Cuzzin Shelley

  6. James McEwan says:

    A different time, however the world still suffers similar problems. A lesson identified, but never learned.

  7. I’ve seen the video before, but your story added so much to it.

  8. ahtdoucette says:

    Beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. Sandra says:

    A lovely tribute, and well worth another airing of this man’s achievements. Well done, Kent.

  10. Tannille says:

    I enjoyed the subtlety. It’s not beating anyone over the head or pushing an agenda. Just a humble deeply felt story. The world would be better place with more stories written like this.

    • wmqcolby says:

      Agreed. Thanks for reading, Tannille. It’s a rerun from a couple of years ago or so, but it was such a natural for the pic. The dialogue came from news stories.

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