Monday, December 23, 2013

Peyton Manning and Aunt Betty

     They never met.  Aunt Betty died quite a few years ago, but her eclectic interests would have included Peyton Manning and his "sportsman of the year" award.  And their life paths, believe it or not, overcame similar obstacles.

     Many years ago, when open heart surgery became the last refuge of very sick patients, Aunt Betty underwent the procedure which included removing a rib.  She was one of 14 people operated on that day and one of the three who survived.

     Before the surgery, Aunt Betty was a paralegal although no one used that term then.  She worked diligently, carefully, and conscientiously for 20 years for a lawyer who relied on and depended on her even though she was grossly overworked and underpaid.

     While Aunt Betty was recovering from her open heart surgery in her hospital room, the lawyer walked in, saw her, told her that she would never again be of any use and fired her on the spot.

     Sounds like what the Colts did to Peyton Manning, doesn't it?  After his neck and spine surgery and year of hard work and rehab, the Colts let him go; feeling that he too would be useless.  And now, hired by the Denver Broncos, he performs like a new and rejuvenated football player.  He just set the record for the most touchdown passes in a season (beating Dan Marino's 20-year record of 50).

     Meanwhile, back to Aunt Betty.  She recovered, got out of the hospital, and found employment with another lawyer who treated her with the respect and dignity that she deserved.  And more money too.

     If there is a moral to these stories, it is "don't let the bastards wear you down."

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