Eileen, 94 years
Eileen was born on Mother's Day, May 9, 1910 in St. Michaels, Barbados. She and her husband were married for 35 years until he passed away. She has one son, who is retired, a daughter-in-law from Trinidad and two granddaughters.
I had a very happy life. I had good parents. My mother and father were Christian people; we went to a Pentecostal church. There were 11 children in our family. My father's first wife died and he had 2 children and the second wife had 7 children. We all lived peacefully together - with all the stepsisters and brothers - we all got along beautifully. You won't believe it, but out of all our family, only me and my brother are alive and that brother is in the States.
When I was five years old, my father said, 'Look, today is your day. You will learn how to swim!' In Barbados, you have to know how to swim because of sharks. When I went along with two of my brothers and their friends to get lobsters to an island, a shark came under the boat and he almost turned us over. So, my brother speared him and he went away. I suppose I was scared at that moment, but I always kept my calm.
We had all kinds of fruit growing there - bananas, mangos and bread fruit. We also had all kinds of fish - 'flying fish', dolphin, lobster. It was a nice little island.
I call Anne (Peel Senior Link Day Service Coordinator) my granddaughter. She is a wonderful girl. She knows everything. She gets me groceries, like bananas - I like bananas. She gets me pills and takes me to doctors' appointments. She got me my walker after I had my hip replacement surgery. They (Peel Senior Link) are 'God-Sent.' I'm grateful for everything they do.