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Esteem for Mileva Marić, Albert Einstein’s wife

Mileva Marić Einstein: Life with Albert Einstein Mileva Marić, the wife of Albert Einstein, received as great sign of esteem by the city of Zurich, Switzerland a memorial stone. Mileva Marić died 1948 in Zurich, poor and alone.

Recently she is recognized as the mother of the Theory of Relativity. This because of newer research based on letters written by her husband Albert Einstein.

Prior to publishing his Theory of Relativity, Einstein wrote to her: “How happy and proud I’ll be when we both together will have finished successfully our work on the theory of relativity.”

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Missing an opportunity to give esteem

Living in Zurich, Switzerland I was a big fan of cartoonist Mike Van Audenhove.  Each year I looked forward to getting his latest books and calendars, collectively known under the title “Zurich by Mike.”   A calendar has hung in my home or office for the last 12 years.

Mike was not a native of Switzerland, but in the nearly thirty years that he lived and worked there he became a keen observer of life in Zurich.  He often knew the Swiss better than they knew themselves.  It seemed that Mike was mostly a student of human nature.  In his weekly panels he poked fun at the good and not-so-good sides of Zurichers through his gentle humor.

Each year, as his new book was released, I had the opportunity to go to one of Mike’s book signings.  Each time I forgot, I just said “Oh well, I’ll go next year.”

Mike Van Audenhove died last Monday in Switzerland at the young age of 52.  I never seized the opportunity to meet him and to tell him how much I enjoyed his work, and now I’ll never have the chance.  His books and calendars have given me many laughs over the years and reminded me not to get too serious about the annoyances of daily life.

While we’re waiting for the right moment to express our esteem, we can suddenly discover we waited too long.  Give esteem immediately and without hesitation.  You never know if you’ll get another chance.