Oct 31 2011

Wisdom of the Ages: Rosario, 91, from Guatemala

Rosario, CFCA sponsored aging friend from Guatemala

Rosario, CFCA sponsored aging friend from Guatemala.

At 91, Rosario from Guatemala has outlived two husbands and three children. Rosario lives in a shelter for the elderly called “My Sweet Refuge” and appreciates visits from Manuel, her CFCA social worker.

“I no longer have anyone in my family and I like his company. He makes me feel safe and loved,” she said.

What is your secret to long life?

I would say the biggest secret to long life is to give your life to God, because he is the owner of our lives and he decides when it starts and when it ends. …

I have always liked dancing, and I believe that this is another of my secrets to good health.

What advice would you give to today’s youth?

Take care of your life. Do not mistreat your body with vices like alcohol and drugs. Be happy with your life and youth. …

I want to also tell young people to study, because I never learned to read. My father could not give me the opportunity to attend school.

If you could visit any place in the world, where and why would you go there?

I would probably go anywhere in the world. The place does not matter much, but the important thing is to visit people. I like meeting people and would be happy by visiting a place where I can meet many people. For me the interesting thing about any place is its people.

What things have changed since you were younger?

Today everything is artificial, mainly the food. Everything comes ready to heat and eat. Meals were healthier before and had better taste; a tomato was richer and tastier.

When I was little we all lived in a†ranchito (very small home) with a tin roof, and it was normal to have many animals running in the yard. All of us went out to bathe in the river.

Now all that has changed; houses are made with blocks and cement, people have improved their lifestyle through education and don’t work in the fields anymore but in offices, and now they all have a shower at home and nobody is going to the river to bathe.

I have met many people. I have seen many births and deaths, but I am still here. God has given me the opportunity to share my life with many people, and when I die we will meet again.

What has remained the same?

What remains the same are many good people in the world, for example all the people who helped me with their good heart. I’ve been able to survive with charity from many people and with God’s blessing.

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0 thoughts on “Wisdom of the Ages: Rosario, 91, from Guatemala”

  1. God bless you Rosario and “may He hold you in the palm of His hand”. It is so great to hear from the older people in the CFCA projects all over the world. You have made my day and when you see God you will know why he kept you here on earth for so long. It is because you have kept the faith and have seen that other people have done the same. Theresa Howard, Alajuela, Costa Rica

  2. This was so precious. I would like to read many more interviews from the older folks. I hope you will do many more interviews like this. This was very interesting. I love this lady!

  3. Wonderful post. I, too, love hearing from the aged. I have three sponsored aged friends and my heart goes out to all elderly. So happy to hear about the “Wisdom of the Aged” series. Thank you.

  4. Today is the first day I decided to hop online and put my account on automatic after 4 years of writing monthly checks! It’s funny because by coincidence, it is my sponsee’s birthday. And as I look up my history of payment online, I see we started with CFCA on my mom’s birthday. It’s sweet to me because my mom passed away 2 weeks ago. In honor of my mom and all the wonderful ‘aged’ women of wisdom including my sponsee, I’ve recommitted to sponsoring her for the rest of her life.

    I too love hearing the wisdom of the elderly! Please keep it up.

  5. Your answers touched my heart. You are a wise and loving woman! May God continue to bless you every day of your life.

    I have sponsored a boy in Guatemala for a number of years. Some day I hope to travel to your country and meet the good people living there.

    Pat

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