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Today we continue with our new feature of Golden Moments with senior citizens where we bring you a glimpse into the lives of the elderly in our community. Today, we visited with Leonor Vega of Otro Benque, who shared a bit of her life story with us. Maria Novelo reports.


Today we continue with our new feature of Golden Moments with senior citizens where we bring you a glimpse into the lives of the elderly in our community. Today, we visited with Leonor Vega of Otro Benque, she shared with us a bit of her life story. Maria Novelo reports.


Screen_Shot_2014-10-03_at_6.53.32_PMMaria Novelo – Reporting


Born in Belize City, 93 year old Leoni Vega has spent most of her life living in Corozal and Orange Walk but considers shugga citi her home. Vega shared with us how it was like growing up.


Leoni Vega – Elderly Citizen


“As a kid I was in Corozal because my father died at the age of three years and my mother went to live in Corozal Town and I was there until I was nine years old then I went to Cayo and I went to school and at the age of nine years I come out from school and went back to Belize city and had to work at the age of nine years and just twenty five cents a week I was getting and at the age of fourteen when I started to get seventy five cents a week but in those days with seventy five cents you could have buy the cloth to get your dress sewed."


Vega says back then things were so carefree and when compared to modern times, it surely has evolved.


Leoni Vega – Elderly Citizen


“In those days you could have left your doors open go out no thief no nothing come in. It has changed a lot, a lot of things are happening now you cannot go out and leave your doors open.”


So what’s her advice for the younger generation?


Leoni Vega – Elderly Citizen


“For the younger generation the girls and the boys them that they should take care of themselves don’t drink too much and go to bed early.”


With a wealth of knowledge and many memories to treasure, Vega says she used to enjoy dancing, particularly waltz, in her younger years.


Leoni Vega – Elderly Citizen


“Some days I feel good at the age of 93 and some days you feel weak but by the grace of God I am still going strong at my age. I used to love dancing that used to be my hobby dancing especially the dance we used to dance in different places.”


Ms. Leoni as affectionately known is the wife of Ignacio Vega, former Mayor of Orange Walk. He served from 1964 to 1972.

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