Whoever described a woman in her seventies as boring old lady, has probably never encountered someone as my neighbour, Mrs. Tars. Despite her age, she is very fit and strong. If you would walk behind her, you would probably think she is thirty years younger. Only her completely white long hair gives away her age.
Mrs. Tars used to be an English teacher for over twenty years. She taught English abroad, all over South America. She has an incredible number of hobbies, and she is excelling in all of them. She plays the guitars and the violin, she paints, she draws, she has a beautiful voice. She also loves cross stitching and as well as creating unconventional artwork. She uses any type of material, from cardboard, wood, to metal and plastic.
Within her huge back yard, she has a few of her creations. She is quite something! She is fluent in French, Spanish, German and English, off course. She moved back home only ten years ago. Before that, she had lived in Europe, South America and the United states.
She is definitely not the type of conventional grandma, staying home and sewing stock, oh no! You can talk politics to her, over a cup of strong black coffee, or practice your Spanish language skills while listening to Camilo Sesto.
You would not expect a woman of her age to know how to use a cnc cutting machine, or a table saw. Well, she does. She build built most the furniture in her house. Each visit to her place is reminder to me, that I live such a boring life. I am always mesmerized by the energy she has and by the positive vibes she sends.
Her house is decorated and furnished with only her creations. When I asked her what determined her to cultivate so many talents, she said that she wanted to show her dad, that a woman was as capable as a man. Back in her youth, she was supposed to marry a man she never met, simply because her parents were the traditional type. When she refused, her dad got angry, and told her he wished he had a son instead. Times were different back then.
Today, in her seventies, she keeps the same firing rebellious eyes. She attended Woodstock festival and met John Bass and Janis Joplin in person. She never mentioned it, until I noticed a photo with her and Janis, hanging on her wall.
Mrs. Tars loves saying that she was blessed to live Iong enough to see the same spirit of 1969 being reborn through the promoters of resource based economy. She is active on the social media, tweeting and writing daily about the things that drive her.