For some its Groundhog’s Day

2 February is one of those days that adds a bit of winter fun to many Americans’ lives. For me though, it is something much more. It

Richard Senger circa 1914
Richard Senger circa 1914

was 122 years ago today (2 February 2011) that my grandfather was born. As readers of this site will most likely know, he remains one of my life’s great influences. He is one of those loved people to whom much of my ManyRoads work is dedicated.

Richard Senger was born on this day in 1879. He was born the third child of ten to Michael Senger and Adelgunde geboren Kiehl in Zeyersniederkampen, Westpreussen, Deutschland (a heimat -homeland- that is no more). He survived fighting in the trenches of World War 1 France, the occupation and removal of all his possessions by the allies after World War 2, the abduction and incarceration of his wife in Soviet Gulags. He was a stoic, thoughtful, hard-working man.

The second of February is to me, first and foremost, my Opa’s birthday.

Frohe Geburtstag, Opa.