DWYadenFamilyArchiveson Oct 08
From April of 1972.
A note to my children about this audio recording by your Great Grandpa Bud:
Grandpa Bud is reading from his own notes to stay focused as he relates this personal story and the analogy of the three-legged stool. He was 75 years old at the time. Over the years, I was with your Grandpa Dave a couple of times while he played this recording. Each time it saddened him deeply. It would be years later before I understood why his tears welled so quickly as he listened to Grandpa Bud's self-deprecation. Of course, Grandpa Dave knew that it could be no other way. Men of character are by definition men of humility. While quick to give credit to others, they claim none for themselves. It is a law of nature.
From age 24 (starting in 1921), Bud Yaden spent his remaining adult life confined to a wheelchair. Because of his condition (transverse myelitis), it was predicted by doctors that he would not survive the 1920s, nor the 1930s, nor the 1940s, nor the 1950s. Since he was outliving most of them, in the 1960s his doctors finally stopped predicting when he was going to die. He would eventually die in 1975 at the age of 78.
He lived in daily physical pain, yet you never heard him complain. While he suffered quietly, he was outwardly one the most positive and optimistic souls you would ever meet. He delighted and inspired all who came in contact with him. He was a pillar of physical and moral strength.
I wish you could have know Great Grandpa Bud. Of course, the march of time would not allow it. In many ways, however, you did know him; because you knew Grandpa Dave. In the truest sense of the phrase, he was his father's son.