11:52 strong like ox

never underestimate the tenacity of this old German fellow, no matter how short he may be.  the first booming laugh might leave you trembling with fear rather than sharing in the joke, but if the solid pat on the back with one of his substantial hands doesn’t knock the fear right out of you… well … then nothing will

48 hours after full knee replacement surgery he has walked virtual laps around the hospital floor, significantly further than most anyone ever has, and passed his stair test so he gets to go home one day early, which also rarely occurs

we are proud of you Opa, tough as nails, strong like ox

the crutch

the knee

walking out ... to go home





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