Cordoba, ARGENTINA - Retiree

Maria

Interview made by Cyril Bruyelle​ in January 2017

Maria is Ludmila’s Grandmother. She has been living for 50 years is the same house in a very popular suburb of Cordoba, Argentina, called Violeta. The kind of neighbourhood where you can’t go alone as a tourist. “Please hide your camera bag” Ludmi told me on the way.  Maria was living in the countryside in her early years. A life spent working very hard in order to have a decent and respectable living, with actually not many other choices. It’s interesting to compare her interview with Ludmi’s one. Such a big difference of mentality in just two generations. 

What did you want to do when you were a kid?

What did I want to be a a grownup? [she struggles to think]  

I have no idea. I lived in the countryside. So we were working a lot and we didn’t have time for dreaming.

 

With whom would you like to have a coffee?  

Con el Chaqueno Palavecino! [Argentine folklore singer] 

 

If you could choose something that could be taught in every school in the world, what would it be? 

Something like Argentine culture, like the way we live 

 

To you, what’s that main characteristic that all human beings have in common?  

Something in common? The willingness to work, to have a good living. 

 

To you, who is the happiest person on earth?  

Someone happy is someone who has a job, who live comfortably. Not wealthy, just comfortably.  

 

If you were President of the US, what would you first reform be?  

Make everybody free, give them equal rights, not like nowadays, that they want to have borders 

 

What would you do if we gave you 1 million dollars now?  

I’d help those who need it the most. There are so many people in dire needs. My granddaughters would go first, and I’d be ok. 

 

What’s the news that affects you the most in your country these days?  

The most important news is about jobs. We’re lacking jobs, and people wanting to work, because many just don’t want to work. 

 

What are you afraid of?  

What scares me? Well… nothing scares me. 

 

What is your dream?  

I think I’ve already reached it, being able to see that my granddaughters are ok, having a good life, well off but not loaded 

 

What is the most beautiful thing that you’ve seen in your life?  

My granddaughters, the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen or had are my three granddaughters. 

 

Who is God for you? 

For me, God is the greatest thing of all, he’s helped me so much 

 

Which of your country’s cultural specificities are you the proudest of? 

Culturally people like our folklore, this is something very specific here.  

 

If you could do any job regardless of money, what would you do?  

Any honest job would be ok. Just work. Cleaning houses keeping them clean for example. 

 

If you had to explain our planet to an alien what would you say?  

No, I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe in aliens, so I wouldn’t know what to say because I don’t believe they exist. Or I’d ask him: “Why did you come here for?” 

 

And you which question would you like to ask to the world?  

Why do we fight so much? Why is it so unequal?