ABUELO MEETS MOKSHA

by | 2017 | The Lills, VW Bus

Lee (known as “Abuelo” to family) has had quite a life and we have been fortunate to have him as a grandfather, friend and mentor. He was born in 1931 as the youngest in a family of 11 who lived in a small coal-mining town. One day his father left for work and never came back. The mine collapsed, leaving his mother alone, with more children than she could care for. She put Lee and his brother Paul in an orphanage in the West Virginia mountains, which leaned heavily on the children to keep it running.

They excavated land for crops, sewed crops, cooked, took care of farm animals, the facilities and fellow orphans. Abuelo told us Christmas was so exciting because it was basically the only time during the year that they could eat meat. Food was never abundant and clearly they worked more than anything else, but he told us he sure loved sneaking off to the movies for entertainment when he could!

Abuelo Meets Moksha, Our 1978 VW Bus, On His 83rd Birthday!

When he was just 13, Lee ran away from the orphanage in West Virginia and found himself on skid row in Ohio. His first job was setting up pins at the bowling alley. Later he became a hard-knuckled boxer (known as “Whitey” – who never lost a match by the way). He was an investigator, a repo man and soon after, he helped start the credit industry. Although he wasn’t formally educated (not even a highschool degree), he never drank alcohol, never did drugs and never stopped looking on the bright side of life.

Abuelo has been a guide and inspiration to us and to many. He has built a successful life out of nearly nothing, he has a beautiful family and he is loved dearly by all who know him. The picture (above) is when we met up with Abuelo for his 83rd birthday. He hadn’t seen our VW bus “Moksha” yet, but he lit up the moment he did! 🙂

WE LOVE YOU ABUELO!

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