It is normal that every human has his/her own story in the past. Of which some may prefer as their bitter gourd. Poor, rich, happy or miserable – whatever beginning one had, there’s always the “all things work together for good” phrase. Like leftovers, sometimes there would be a feeling where the things in past about the life we lived is such a waste.
But food leftovers are still of much use! Did you know that it would be also used to create a new simple dish as long as it does not die or rot? Yes!There is still hope. Well some Filipinos still make use of it rather than throw it away. It’s actually a choice! In comparison with life, there are those who look at their life being “leftover food” that would be better off in the garbage can. Yet there’s a choice if one would let time rot his/her own life or add a little spice into it to turn into another delightful dish. There is this man called Edward “Monk” Eastman. It does not ring a bell does it? Well he is “The Gangster Who Became A Hero” according to biographer Neil Hanson. He started a life being a gangster. He had a lot of crimes and cases which led him in and out of jail.
The Monk Eastman Pavilion” — what the ambulance drivers started calling the accident ward when Monk and his henchmen put so many people in the hospital. Killings were very frequent and assaults were more intentional. “Monk” name came from his ability to “climb like a monkey”. So you ask why on earth did this guy is here? Simply because of what happened after the life he had before. When World War I started, and he was out of prison for ten days, Monk presented himself at the Army recruiting office and offered his services. So he used his life in battle serving in France in the 106th Infantry Regiment of the 27th Infantry Division. After his discharge, the governor recognized Eastman’s honorable service by restoring his U.S. citizenship. When he died, he was buried with full military honors.
Although it has been said that by going to the Western Front during the war — was by definition a hero. He is still a hero for fighting for the country and letting himself be cooked again and be useful rather than letting himself at the corner of the prison; rotten.