George Breeze Written By June Ervin
This issue, I had the extreme pleasure of talking with Mr. George Breeze. This delightful gentleman joined the Senior Center back in April of 2009. His interest in water color painting and especially wood carving was what drew him to join our group of folks with similar interests. He said that while he has been a member for nearly ten years, he has focused his time with the two things that brought him here.
George and his late wife Barbara spent their working years as teachers. He taught both at the elementary level as well as high school. When he retired he was employed by the Glide School District, as was his wife. She retired from the Deer Creek School, and he from Glide. During his tenure he taught many different classes and levels of education. Once when he was a P.E. instructor, one of his fellow teachers found out that he owned a little MG sports car. He was approached to begin teaching an auto repair class due to interest in that particular little car among the boys, so he started the class.
Travel is and always has been one of George’s greatest pleasures. He and his wife have literally traveled the whole world. He has so many interesting stories to tell about all the places he has been, I could have filled several pages instead of the one I make it a practice to stick to with this reoccurring article. Some of the places he mentioned visiting were Ireland, (one of his favorites) Spain, Portugal, China, Europe all over, Scotland, England, Egypt, Morocco, Australia and New Zealand.
One of the stories he related about Scotland was that he was a guest in a private home when he was there. This if often the only available place to stay in smaller towns and villages, even more so in past years. So while visiting with his hostess, she said, “you will need to excuse me for a bit while I go check my wee spooty”. What she was referring to was her watering system for her garden!
Of course there are castles everywhere in Europe and he visited many. But he said one of the most unusual things he did was lay on his back in order to kiss the Blarney Stone while in Ireland.
While visiting in London, he found out that the horses used in the honor guard ceremony during the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace who have been taught to “prance” with their feet tipped down, are outfitted with weighted shoes.
In New Zealand, in the guest house they occupied, the lady of the house supplied them with hot bricks wrapped in warm towels from the oven, at bed time, to chase the chill of the bed. Guess they had not discovered electric blankets, yet. He never mentioned how long ago this happened, but he is in his nineties so it may well have been prior to the invention…….or maybe the village was just not very modern. This is still the case in many of the small hamlets there. To properly see New Zealand it is necessary to travel by car or bus as there are many, many towns where there is no other way to reach them.
You really should make it a point to meet this nice man and visit with him. He is very friendly and out- going, easy to talk with and one of the more interesting folks I have met here at the center.
George lost his wife, Barbara only last December and is still adjusting to bachelorhood and says he is still learning to cook. But his many thoughtful neighbors come thru with tasty meals and are generous to keep him supplied with garden produce as well. He continues to reside out W. Harvard in the home they shared