By: cultureofcare

May 03 2011

Category: Stories

1 Comment

Focal Length:28mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Florence is a strong woman with a lot of character. It is an emotional and important time for her at the moment we go to visit her, very close to her 100th birthday. She is already preparing for the big day: her clothes, the celebration, she is also very excited because her son is coming from Florida, where he lives, to celebrate this special day with her. She tells us about her past history, which consists of lots of hard moments that she tackeld with amazing bravery. She speaks with a great sense of pride, and with good reason. I find this story to be very enriching because I am able to speak to someone whose life has been full of ups and downs, but who has lived it and still lives it now very happily, with a great sense of humour and the strength to appreciate the important things in life.

I consider myself a very independent woman. During the war my husband had to join the army; he came home very ill, so I had to take care of him, three children, the house and make money to support the family. So I worked in an office while a friend of mine took care of my husband.

I have two sons in London and one in America, but I keep in contact more with my son in America. I did have the option of going to live in America for a few years. Anyway, I’m happy here.

I have been living at Sunridge for three years. I came to visit the residential home sometimes, but one December, three years ago, my son told me that I would not be able to go back to my house. I felt quiet disappointed by this, but I am grateful because I know my son saw me going downhill and reacted straight away”.

One comment on “Florence”

  1. Lovely project!

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