A brother’s sacrifice …….. In a small village near Nuremberg, lived a family with 10 children. To keep the family fed and sheltered, their father had to work almost 18 hours a day. Despite their hopeless condition, two of the eldest children had a dream.
The both dreamed of
becoming prolific artist, but they knew that their father would never be able
to afford to send them both.
discussions by candlelight, the boys finally came up with the solution.
They would toss a coin…..
Condition: The looser would work nearby mines, to support
the other to attend the academy and after 4 years, they would switch. The
winner would then have to support the other to attend the school.
Albrecht Durer won the
toss and went off to Nuremberg to study at the academy as planned. And, Albert,
as promised, went down into the mines.
For the next 4 years,
one painted and one worked….
where an almost immediate sensation and his work was considered better than
most of his professors. By the time he graduated, he was able to earn a
When the 4 years were
up, Albrecht returned home triumphant. He proposed a toast to his beloved
brother for the years of sacrifice that had enable him to fulfill his ambition.
“And now, Albert, blessed
brother of mine, now is your turn. Now you can go to the academy and pursue
your dream, I ll take care of you.”
All heads turned in
eager anticipation to the far end of the table where Albert sat.
But to their surprise,
tears were streaming down Albert’s face. Shaking his lowered head from side to
side, he sobbed repeatedly,” no, no, no.”
“No, brother, I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me. Look at what four years in the mines had done to my hands!”
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