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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Sparkle

It was her birthday. Carlo looked at Hiltrud lovingly and said, “She still has that sparkle in her eyes.”


Indeed she does. Hiltrud has a zest for life which her eighty years have not diminished. If anything, she is more determined than ever to stay healthy and active, to eat properly, exercise daily and get the most out of every minute. Eighty is the new fifty.




Antigonish was a good move for our friends who relocated from Summerside last autumn. This university town is a vibrant place, with the injection of young people every year. Along with a top notch university, St. Francis Xavier, or St. FX, as it is more commonly known, comes the programs and services for students. Many of these are open to the community for participation.


One such program, at the Coady Institute, educates leaders in development from around the world. The students at the Institute are paired with people in the community, such as Carlo and Hiltrud. They are paired with a young man from Uganda. 


However, over and above the art, music and cultural activities, our friends live in a community of seniors who are friendly and helpful to each other. Their rental unit with two bedrooms and attached garage is spacious and comfortable and in a triplex. At the end of their street, a new senior’s home will offer various levels of care to its residents.




One never knows what a move will bring. Our friends relocated to Canada from Berlin, carrying a suitcase in each hand and accompanied by their two young sons almost fifty years ago. Now they are in a new province, building their lives at eighty years young and enjoying every minute. That’s sparkle!

44 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yes, they both look like very vibrant people in that photo -- that's what keeps people young! I've never heard the name Hiltrud before so I looked up its meaning -- "strength in battle." Sounds like a Valkyrie name to me. And if it isn't, it should be!

Linda deV said...

Wonderful. Th8nking ahead but still loving life.

DJan said...

What a difference from the situation for immigrants in the country south of you, which will not be named. I just read about a woman from Mexico who lived here for twenty years, had three children, and has been locked up since March awaiting a hearing after having been incarcerated by the authorities. Her three children have worked tirelessly to free her, or even get her a hearing, for half a year. Canada is so much more enlightened. Oh, and happy birthday to HIltrud! :-)

Debbie said...

what a beautiful story and such a GREAT program!!!

Rhodesia said...

Great to still be enjoying life in later years. Cheers Diane

Joanne Noragon said...

Indeed it is.

Celia said...

even in a photo they are full of life. Nice to see. I read about the woman DJan mentions and it seems my country is running their own kind of gulag these days. Sad and scary.

Ginnie said...

You use the word "vibrant" and it certainly describes the couple too, Marie. I never thought I'd reach the 80's and now I am half way through it and loving every minute.

Elephant's Child said...

Long may she shine - and light the way for others.
My sentimental self is a bit misty reading this. I hope her birthday was WONDERFUL.

Down by the sea said...

A wonderful story Hiltrud had a wonderful birthday. Sarah x

Angela said...

She exercises every day?? Whau! I love that! Both me and my husband we like to exercise 3 days per week but I do think it would be better to go a bit a more to the gym. We walk outdoors in sometimes in Spring till early Summer. Your friend Hiltrud looks great! Happy birthday to her! Looks and sounds like a wonderful couple! Blessings to both.

Anvilcloud said...

Looks like they are in a good place. I like the streetlamps pointing down like that.

Silver Willow said...

They look amazing/so happy! Good for them!

bill burke said...

What a happy story, and yes the sparkle still shines. Happiness with one's life is nice to see. Good friends to have!

Barbara said...

Nice to hear. We need to be happy and keep adjusting our lives as we go.

Ratty said...

Germany to Canada is such a change. That must have been very interesting. The whole idea of moving that far fascinates me. A new move should be no problem, but still interesting.

Karl (Carlo) Hengst said...

Thank you for that beautiful story, dear Marie. We are thankful to life or fate or what you might call it. We are thankful to you for reporting so appreciatively and favourably. And I am thankful to Hiltrud for being in my life and help me to reach, what I would not have reached alone.

Marie Smith said...

I love the name Hiltrud too, Debra. I was not familiar with it until I met my friend.

Marie Smith said...

So true, Linda.

Marie Smith said...

Immigration is important to our country, Jan. However, there is an element of society here that doesn't want immigrants. I hope they never have power of political office.

Marie Smith said...

The Coady Institute program is a great one, Debbie.

Marie Smith said...

It is great, Diane.

Marie Smith said...

You have sparkle too, Joanne.

Marie Smith said...

Hiltrud and Carlo are great people, so full of life too, Celia.

Marie Smith said...

Ginnie, good for you. You give me hope for my later years too.

Marie Smith said...

Hiltrud is a great example for me, EC.

Marie Smith said...

Her birthday was fun, Sarah.

Marie Smith said...

They are an active, wonderful pair, Angela.

Marie Smith said...

I didn't notice the street lamps before, AC.

Marie Smith said...

They are in a good place, in every way, SW.

Marie Smith said...

Hiltrud and Carlo are great friends, Bill.

Marie Smith said...

Adjusting as we age and enjoying life is so important, Barbara.

Marie Smith said...

Hiltrud and Carlo adjusted well to their new home this past year, Ratty.

Marie Smith said...

You needed each other in life, I imagine, Carlo. How fortunate you found each other!

Andrea said...

Very nice, Marie! Yes they do look young and they look like they are active. So I guess 80 is the new 50! Andrea

Anonymous said...

A very sweet post.

Marie Smith said...

From people I see, Andrea, indeed it is!

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Mildred!

Catarina said...

That is so, indeed!

It takes courage and determination!

Bless them.

: )

Marie Smith said...

The qualities our friends have for sure, Catarina.

jenny_o said...

Lovely post and write-up! Wishing your friend a belated but heartfelt happy birthday.

The Furry Gnome said...

"Eighty is the new fifty", eh? That's really encouraging!

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Jenny.

Marie Smith said...

Yes it is, FG.