The garden is gorgeous. Rosa María Schaller, who turned 107 yesterday, looks after him every day. Longevity is a secret. But this woman, who was born in Augsburg in 1913 and came to Xàbia when she was already 83 years old, feels great being active, going out to the garden of her house every day. And he saw it reborn. The fire that destroyed Granadella in September 2016 burned it down. Schaller, like hundreds of Xàbia residents, had to leave his home with his family in a hurry that day. The fire entered the plot. The house miraculously survived.
This is not the only catastrophe this little woman has suffered who enjoys an enviable health (she does not suffer from any disease and eats everything). He has witnessed two world wars and two pandemics, the so-called Spanish flu of 1918 and the current coronavirus.
His father went to the front and did not meet him until the end of the first conflict that tore Europe apart. During the Second World War, her husband was called.
As a child, Rosa María Schaller was weak and sickly. The doctor even told her mother that the little girl would not live long. Yesterday he was not less than 107 years old. He remembers that Spain seemed like a very distant country at the time. He couldn’t imagine coming to Xàbia in 1996 to stay. Her grandson says that when Rosa María was 83, she was softer than she is now. The Mediterranean climate made it a fairy tale. He leads a normal life and performs a quiet ritual every day, which is caring for plants and walking in his beautiful garden.
This joyful woman who keeps smiling is Xàbia’s oldest neighbor. Mayor José Chulvi came yesterday to congratulate her. He gave her a flower of poinsettias. Another flower for this garden is a medicine for longevity.