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    Elderly on Aruba

    I realize that Paul and I are truly blessed being able to visit Aruba.
    This island is magical.

    I think one of the things that makes this place so special are the people.

    I encourage all of you to make conversation with an Aruban........the older the better.
    The stories told are amazing.

    We met a 97 yr old gentleman today at Surfside Beach.
    He was born in Aruba in the 20s and told us about Aruba during WW2.
    He talked about the Antilla, the germans and the USA.
    He told us of the wonderful days of ESSO and his job there.
    He left Aruba only once to visit his son and daughter in law in Baltimore in the 1970s and never left the island again.
    He said why leave paradise?
    While we were standing in chest deep water, about 20 different people came by and said "Hi Sebastian"
    He is a true Aruban Elder.

    A little while later he introduced us to a German lady who was in her 80s.
    She met her husband in Germany in the late 50s, he was an Aruban........they married and moved to Aruba.
    She has never left the island since.
    Her children were born here and they are all now living in the USA and are married and have kids of their own.
    I asked her why she never left the island, even to go visit and come back.
    She said......."This is the only place where I can swim EVERY DAY and the only days I missed was when I had my babies"
    She has been widowed for years.
    Her stories were wonderful too. Often referring to Aruba as paradise.
    She was a teacher and worked part time weekends in the orphanage when she retired from teaching.

    When you are in Aruba, if you can, take some time find an old person and engage a conversation.
    It is amazing what they have to say!

    (Also at home too....the elderly have wonderful stories)
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    The day we arrived at Manchebo they we having a Mother’s Day brunch for the elders. They were having a blast up dancing. I recall they had the same event last year. Very nice.
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    What a wonderful experience Andrea!

    Last year on Flag Day we went to San Nicolas and visited the museum in the water tower. Upstairs they have a room with large tv's all round the round room and have a program that shows a group of elderly people sitting in a circle and they are discussing what it was like growing up and living in Aruba. It was fascinating. I would have loved to see the whole thing, but left to make room for others that came in.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I realize that Paul and I are truly blessed being able to visit Aruba.
    This island is magical.

    I think one of the things that makes this place so special are the people.

    I encourage all of you to make conversation with an Aruban........the older the better.
    The stories told are amazing.

    We met a 97 yr old gentleman today at Surfside Beach.
    He was born in Aruba in the 20s and told us about Aruba during WW2.
    He talked about the Antilla, the germans and the USA.
    He told us of the wonderful days of ESSO and his job there.
    He left Aruba only once to visit his son and daughter in law in Baltimore in the 1970s and never left the island again.
    He said why leave paradise?
    While we were standing in chest deep water, about 20 different people came by and said "Hi Sebastian"
    He is a true Aruban Elder.

    A little while later he introduced us to a German lady who was in her 80s.
    She met her husband in Germany in the late 50s, he was an Aruban........they married and moved to Aruba.
    She has never left the island since.
    Her children were born here and they are all now living in the USA and are married and have kids of their own.
    I asked her why she never left the island, even to go visit and come back.
    She said......."This is the only place where I can swim EVERY DAY and the only days I missed was when I had my babies"
    She has been widowed for years.
    Her stories were wonderful too. Often referring to Aruba as paradise.
    She was a teacher and worked part time weekends in the orphanage when she retired from teaching.

    When you are in Aruba, if you can, take some time find an old person and engage a conversation.
    It is amazing what they have to say!

    (Also at home too....the elderly have wonderful stories)
    Thank you for sharing.
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