Happy Birthday, Ben!
I am reading the book with my English class - Hi English 4! I wish I can take a trip like Ben did. Learn, learn, learn!
I am a complete stranger, in Newport on a work assignment from January to March 2013. I learned about you from your mother's memoirs, "Salt in Our Blood". What an incredible young man you were. In your brief time on this earth you changed lives and made a difference Ben Eder! I am honored to have learned about you! We share the same birthday, March 22, although I am much older. I will think of you and pray for peace for your family.
I spend alot of time in the ocean these days, surfing. I try really hard to not imagine being eaten by a shark.
alison annunziata broke my heart. i'm convinced she's a little bit evil.
i've been seeing an amazing woman. she dances. with the fat folks old folks weird folks. she doesn't outclass people. she's kind.
i still wish i had gone with you to mexico, not noah. noah was an easier sell. you and i would have had too much fun.
i saw peter jordan last fall. he's aging very well, he's become a gentleman. very compassionate and very understanding. wise, even.
i'd like to get to know your brother, someday. i think he likes me. he dated a pakistani girl and now a girl that was in prague the same year i was. he's coooool.
if there's a god, say hi to him, for me.
It seems appropriate that I should be taking an exam today. Let them know how much I've "learn, learn, learn"-ed. Miss you Ben.
This morning I woked up thinking abaut him, I met him wen he cames to Olinda in 'Carnaval'.We talked and walked around for three days, he was with a big icepack on back and some peoples called him 'iceman' was amazing. I miss you Ben, more than, I feel "saudade" from you Ben. Mss. Eder Thank you very much for you letter. I never rote before because my English is very poor, but mainly I could not do that until now. It was hard. Bye
I did not know Ben Eder as well as everyone on this website...he was several years older than me when I met him. I will share my story
I was in 6th grade outdoor school and he was my camp leader (he must have been in 11th or 12th grade). He was co-leader with the Barton kid. I had a blast the whole time I was there, he ran our cabin like the military and allowed us to earn rewards and we pulled pranks on other cabins that week. Unfortunately I got really sick that week, I had a 103+ degree fever but I was trying to play it cool because I wanted to stay at camp. That morning I remember Ben came up to me and pulled me aside and said he was worried about me. He walked me to the nurse and stayed with me until my mom drove the 3hrs from Newport to camp to pick me up. My mom was so happy that he stayed with me that whole time. Anyway...I just always thought he was a really good guy I wanted to be like.
I was reading about your book as I used to live in Newport and loved living there and was friends with many of the fishermen and their familys.
I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know how we go on after such a shock and such sadness, but we do.
I am looking forward to reading your book and reliving my time in Newport.
Thank you for sharing your life with us.
One of my favorite memories was when Ben was in charge of a NHS dance. The theme he choose was based on Beatles song "Back in the USSR". Ben and friends dressed in Russian type clothing and built Soviet space mission items for decorations. Most of the students and staff found the humor in the event and I remember one of the foreign exchange students who was very surprised at the dance, decorations and dress of students.
Dear Ben, We have learned so much from you, and we are continuing to take your advice to learn, learn, learn more, more, and more! You life and legacy is a blessing to us all. Happy Birthday!