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11 Mar 2012

Mrs. L


She is Mrs. L and she is 85.

It all started after reading “The Diary of a Good Neighbour” by Doris Lessing. I was so touched by the story and the difficulties of being old (one of the topics of the book) that I was telling everybody about this novel I had read and how it had left a mark on me. Then it happened the municipality I live in was recruiting volunteers for a pilot plan for accompanying old people who live (or feel) alone. So I signed up immediately. After two months of being trained in psychological skills, I was assigned my case. That's how I met Mrs. L. I visit her once a week and stay with her for a couple of hours, chatting, laughing, having tea, remembering the past. I love her sense of humour and slight irony in all her stories.

I'm so looking forward to our next meeting.

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Ella es la señora L y tiene 85 años. 

Todo comenzó después de leer “Diario de una Buena Vecina” de Doris Lessing. Quedé tan afectada con la historia y las dificultades de ser viejo (uno de los temas del libro) que le andaba contando a todo el mundo sobre esta novela que había leído y cómo había dejado una marca en mí. Luego ocurrió que la municipalidad en la que vivo empezó a reclutar voluntarios para un plan piloto de acompañamiento de adultos mayores que viven (o se sienten) solos. Así que me inscribí de inmediato. Luego de dos meses de ser capacitada en aspectos sicológicos, me fue asignado mi caso. Fue así como conocí a la señora L. La visito una vez por semana y me quedo con ella por un par de horas conversando, riéndonos, tomando té, recordando el pasado. Me encanta su sentido del humor y la leve ironía que tienen todas sus historias.

Ya estoy contando los días para nuestra próxima reunión.

19 comments :

Alma said...

This is a lovely story! Makes me want to run and buy that book! I did some volunteer work for a psychiatric ward a while ago and I found that most people there where elderly and were there because they were unwanted. Very sad. It was an eye opening experience into how we treat the elderly. Great post!

Karen Barbé said...

Thanks for sharing your experience, Alma. We tend to forget (or conceal) old people. They are so eager to love.

Johanna Tagada said...

That's really nice and lovely, I envy you those great times.

This post makes me miss my grand mother, I like her stories and when she talk about the "old times" and "when she was young..."

And thanks for the tip about the book!

mariela said...

Fabuloso, qué ganas de que hagan ese programa en mi ciudad.

Alita said...

que linda iniciativa... me imagino lo entretenido que debe ser..
la casa de la sra L es muy bonita.

C SATHAL said...

beautiful and great Karen ! Your pictures give the impression of a very good meeting.
Love
C

Srta. Medusa said...

Qué buena iniciativa! Está muy bueno poder hacer algo por los demás y mucho mejor si se disfruta tanto de la compañía

The Hidden List said...

Amazing images! A treasured relationship...

ElisabethAndrée said...

What a lovely post, it makes me feel good:) You are a sweet human being! Love the pictures! Thank you Mrs. L. that we may meet you through Karen's photos.

ERGANI weaving said...

You are so sweet. You are a gift to the life of this old lady!

staklene bombone said...

great initiative. great attitude of yours. I know I'd have my fears even though I really do think that one of the most beautiful pictures is an image of a happy old person. and a conversation with a cheerful grandma or grandpa is better than taking prozac:)

staklene bombone

Eve Cege said...

Me sumo a todos los comentarios y solo añado, que me alegra muchisimo encontrar en tú blog siempre algo poetico y fuera de lo superficial.



saludos,chilenisimos desde madrid.

Kay said...

That sounds wonderful. It's one of the biggest fears people face as they grow older - to be alone and to have no one who has seen the life you have seen, no one who understand the same stories, the same jokes, knows the same songs, the same news. It's lovely what you're doing Karen.

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

Pues también me sumo a todos los comentarios y también digo lo mismo que Eve. Me gusta ver tu visión de lo que te rodea y cómo lo transmites.

Alguna vez he pensado en hacer algo parecido, aunque fuera de cualquier programa oficial, ya que no lo hay en mi ciudad. Incluso tuve un médico que me lo recomendó para mi propia salud. Debería volver a pensar en la idea.

Mariela said...

Maravilloso lo que haces, ojalá más personas tuvieran la misma iniciativa que tú, un abrazo!.

Atelier e-Couture said...

Ahora yo tambien tengo que leer esa novela. Mucho gusto, soy Victoria, y estoy aqui por Caterina.
;)

Tiphaine said...

Hey Karen, It seems that the book has been written by Jane Somers and not Doris Lessing. This one is a great author from South Africa which novels are about South Africa (and that I highly recommend)... I thought I should tell you in case people look for the book.
I have just discovered your blog and I love it, I love the calm, the quiet and the creativity that breath here, Thank you for sharing... and yes, Violeta does definitely look like the boys from neverland with those little ears....I'll come back soon with my cup of tea. Have a lovely evening...

Tiphaine said...

Hey Karen, Me again...I am sorry you were absolutely right, I just checked again and I did not know that Doris Lessing had written under an other name...so you are absolutely right...and I just learnt something new today !!!

Mendruga said...

Qué preciosa historia y qué gran iniciativa.
:D