Young and old from the village of Heresti, Giurgiu, met on 20 October to celebrate an intergenerational story-telling event, organised in partnership with the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, and the Association for the Older People's Rights.
The event was part of the “My Grandparents are Cool!” campaign, run in Romania by the Policy Center for Diversity and Security (CRPDS) in the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.
“We care about what you have to say!” was the message conveyed from the children to their grandparents. For the occasion, participants gathered in a village mansion, to talk about yesteryear traditions, ways of life, schooling, clothes, food and ways in which people had fun.
The children inspected a variety of artifacts in the mansion, while the village elders told them of their experiences at the end of the Second World War, life at the mansion, or working as children. One grandparent brought a flute, sang and explained the traditional lyrics while another brought traditional cakes named “turtisoare”.
At the end of the event, children and grandparents proposed ideas to enhance older peoples' lives in the village and bring generations closer together. Ideas included baking cakes, gardening, organising a village Older People's day with the mayor's office's support, and setting up a little museum at the school displaying traditional artifacts donated by the elders.
Participants saw how inspiring story-telling, and sharing wisdom, experiences and memories can be, while reinforcing a strong sense of community for all age groups.
On 30 October, another “We care about what you have to say!” event took place in Lasi, in partnership with the Constantin Negruzzi College.