The garden is spectacular. Rosa María Schaller, who turned 107 yesterday, looks after him daily. Longevity is a mystery. But this woman who was born in Augsburg in 1913 and arrived in Xàbia when she was 83 feels great to stay active, to go out every day to the garden of her house. And he has seen it reborn. The fire that devastated La Granadella in September 2016 burned down. Schaller, like hundreds of Xàbia residents, had to leave home urgently that day with his family. The fire went into the plot. The house was miraculously saved.
This little woman is not the only catastrophe she has experienced, enjoying excellent health (she doesn’t suffer from any disease and eats everything). He has witnessed two world wars and two pandemics, the so-called 1918 Spanish flu and the current coronavirus.
His father took the lead and did not meet with him until the first conflict that ripped Europe. In World War II, it was her husband who was called up.
As a child, Rosa María Schaller was weak and ill. The doctor even told her mother that the little girl would not live long. Yesterday he was no less than 107 years old. She remembers that Spain at the time seemed like a very far country. He never imagined he would arrive in Xàbia in 1996 to stay. Her grandson says that when Rosa María was 83, she was more elegant than now. The Mediterranean climate has made it a myth. She lives a normal life and every day she performs that quiet ritual of caring for the plants and walking through her beautiful garden.
This happy-looking woman who doesn’t lose her smile is the oldest neighbor in Xàbia. The mayor, José Chulvi, came yesterday to congratulate her. He gave her a poinsettia flower. Another flower to that garden is longevity medicine.