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Doña Marcelina y un Trago

Una mujer de 80 años, vivaz, locuaz, llena de vida, tiene asegurado su encanto personal. Es difícil ver a alguien de esa edad caminando libre por las calles, sonriendo, lavando a mano su ropa, recibiendo la visita de sus bisnietos, yendo al mercado todos los días y trabajando en la casa de extraños lavando ropa para mantenerse.

Cuando llegó a casa de Flor, doña Marcelina respondía a un aviso para ubicar una pareja de cuidantes para un lote de terreno con una construcción a medias. Ella, un poco menor que su marido Juan, impactó a Flor con su locuacidad, buen humor y buena salud. Dijo tener 80, pero no saber si realmente los tenía ya que no tenía documento de identidad y su marido tampoco. Dijo también que buscaba un lugar donde vivir porque su familia era pobre y no la podían cobijar. Obtuvo el trabajo inmediatamente. Contó que había tenido 12 hijos en vida, pero que sólo viven 4, porque los demás murieron antes de cumplir cinco. También dijo venir de una comunidad muy pobre en Potosí, lugar muy alto y frío en el centro sur de Bolivia. Dejó a Flor preguntándose ¿porqué sus hijas e hijos no cuidan de ella? Obviamente sus familiares estaban cerca, vinieron con ella a la entrevista, y la visitaron todos los días en su habitación de cuidante.

La respuesta comenzó a vislumbrarse en el tercer día de su nuevo trabajo. Su marido, Juan, saludó a Flor a las 8 de la mañana en medio de una borrachera total. Marcelina no estaba y Juan no quiso hablar con ella. Dos días después, sorprendida, Flor preguntó a Marcelina que había pasado. Ella dijo que Juan era “así siempre”, que ella se escapaba de él cuando tomaba porque le pegaba y que volvía dos o tres días después porque tenía miedo. Flor tuvo mucha pena, le aconsejó que se pusiera fuerte y no lo dejara tomar. Sin embargo, tres días después la historia se aclaró más. Marcelina estaba en casa, totalmente ebria, con uno de sus nietos. Toda la mañana gritó, saltó y cantó, amedrentando a los trabajadores de la construcción que debía cuidar. Esta bella anciana, llena de candor cuando estaba sobria, era una especie de luchadora de historietas (la mala de la película) cuando estaba ebria. No paró de tomar un infame trago de alcohol barato todo el día, por tres días seguidos, y Juan no apareció por la casa.

Al cuarto día, un poco más sobria, pidió disculpas. Dijo que su nieto le había invitado trago, que habían festejado el Día del Trabajo y que “se le había ido la mano”. Sin embargo, a partir de ese día, por cada seis días de sobriedad, habían cuatro de borrachera, tanto de ella como de Juan. Era triste ver a Marcelina en semejante estado, y los trabajadores le perdieron el respeto por completo.

Duró dos meses más en el trabajo, prometiendo que ya no tomarían, pero la historia se repetía todo el tiempo hasta que recibieron el aviso de desalojo. Se fueron un fin de semana cualquiera, del mismo modo que llegaron, en silencio y trasladando sus pocas pertenencias en un carrito manual, que Juan perdió la final de su traslado en una nueva borrachera. Tomó sólo tres meses darse cuenta de cuál era la verdadera historia de su vida. Ella seguramente no era tan vieja como se veía. La vida de sus doce hijos probablemente estuvo siempre en peligro por sus constantes borracheras y su ejemplo está siendo seguido por sus nietos y bisnietos, quienes visitan a sus abuelos para tomar tragos hasta por una semana en total…

Esta cara de la pobreza tiene que ver con una “droga para el entretenimiento”, como lo son tantas otras que pululan por ahí en las calles. El problema es que el estado alterado que producen en la mente de las personas, lleva a sus adictos a vivir vidas de total pobreza espiritual, moral y de dinero. La organización mundial de la salud calcula que el número de mujeres adictas a cualquier droga de entretenimiento, ya sea alcohol, marihuana, hachis, cocaína o cualquier otra, se ha cuadruplicado en los últimos 20 años. Es decir que antes podías tener 40 amigas y ninguna ser adicta, en cambio ahora tendrás diez amigas y por lo menos una de ellas será adicta a algo.

Esta triste realidad es la misma, con diferentes niveles de precio de las drogas, tanto en el mundo desarrollado como en el mundo en desarrollo. Lo único diferente es que en el mundo en desarrollo las “drogas del entretenimiento” son ampliamente aceptadas socialmente, ya que allá consideran que el cigarrillo es casi la muerte civil de una persona que fuma, pero ser adicto a la marihuana, por ejemplo, es “normal” y completamente aceptable. En los países en desarrollo todavía no es tan ampliamente aceptado el ser adicto a las “drogas simples” y la más frecuente es el alcohol y por supuesto el cigarrillo.

Sin embargo, la necesidad de reconocer que una mente alterada por una droga “simple” produce acciones que perpetúan la pobreza y la dependencia de las personas de lo que el gobierno les pueda brindar para evitar que mueran de hambre o vivan en las calles. Esta cruda realidad me duele. No es lo mismo hablar de ser tolerantes con las drogas simples antes de haber visto a la Sra. Marcelina que después de ver su realidad. Ojalá que yo haya podido hacerte vivir un poco el futuro de una mujer que comienza joven con su dependencia a alguna droga.

Ojalá que Marcelina te apene tanto como a mí. Ojalá que lo pienses dos veces antes de ceder a la tentación de divertirte cada fin de semana con una droga “simple”, que parece inofensiva, pero cuyas consecuencias sólo se ven cuando ya es muy tarde. No te enfermes. Cuida de ti misma, hoy y cada día. Cuida tu mente y no hagas caso de las propagandas en la tele. La verdadera alegría, el regocijo y el entretenimiento, se consiguen perfectamente siendo tu misma, sin necesidad de droga alguna. Recuerda que Marcelina ya no tiene más salida que la muerte, por más amargo que suene. Recuerda que las mujeres tenemos el doble de tendencia a la adicción que los hombres, por efecto de la testosterona.

Levántate y diviértete con la frente en alto, siempre. Eleva tu voz conmigo para hacerle saber al mundo que no existe una droga “simple”. Todas las drogas alteran nuestra mente, nuestra alma, y por supuesto, nuestras vidas.

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A woman of 80 years, lively, talkative, full of life, is assured of his personal charm. It is hard to see someone of that age freely walks the streets, smiling, hand washing clothes, receiving the visit of her great-grandchildren, going to market every day and working at the home of strangers to keep washing clothes.

When he arrived home from Flor, Dona Marcelina responded to an advertisement to place a pair of caregivers for a plot of land with an average construction. She, a little younger than her husband John, struck Florida with his talkativeness, good humor and good health. Said to be 80, but not knowing if you really had since I had no identity card and her husband either. He also said he was looking for a place to live because his family was poor and could not shelter. He got the job immediately. He said he had had 12 children in life, but live only 4, because the others died before their fifth. He said to come from a very poor community in Potosí, a very high and cold in the south central Bolivia. Flower left wondering why their children do not care about her? Obviously his family were near, came with her to the interview, and visited every day in his room caretaker.

The answer began to dawn on the third day of his new job. Her husband, John, greeted Flor at 8 am in the midst of a total drunk. Marcelina and John was not not talk to her. Two days later, surprised, asked Flor Marcelina had happened. She said that John was "so long", she escaped from him when he took it back and hit him two or three days later because he was afraid. Flor was very sorry, advised him to put strong and not let him take. However, three days after the story was further clarified. Marcelina was at home, completely drunk, with one of his grandchildren. All morning screamed, jumped and sang, intimidating the construction workers who had to care. This beautiful old woman, full of candor when he was sober, was a kind of fighter comic (the bad guy) when he was drunk. He did not stop to take a sip of cheap alcohol infamous throughout the day, for three days straight, and John did not appear in the house.

On the fourth day, a little more sober, apologized. She said her grandson had invited him drink, which had celebrated Labor Day and that "he had gone too far." However, from that day, six days of sobriety, had four of drunkenness, both she and John. Marcelina was sad to see in such a state, and workers lost respect him completely.

It lasted two months on the job, promising that it would not take, but the story was repeated all the time until they received the eviction notice. It was a weekend either in the same way they came, moving silently and their few belongings in a hand cart that John missed the end of their service in a new drunk. It took only three months to realize what the true story of his life. She certainly was not as old as it looked. The life of his twelve sons was probably always in danger for his constant drunkenness and its example is being followed by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who visit their grandparents for drinks up to a week in total ...

The face of poverty has to do with a "drug for entertainment, as are many others that are swarming around in the streets. The problem is that the altered state produced in the minds of people, leading to his followers to live lives of total spiritual poverty, moral and money. The world health organization estimates that the number of female drug addicts to any entertainment, whether alcohol, marijuana, hashish, cocaine or any other, has quadrupled in the past 20 years. This means that before you could have 40 friends and none become addicted, however now you have ten friends and at least one will be addicted to something.

This sad reality is the same, with different levels of drug prices, both in the developed world and in the developing world. The only thing different is that in the developing world "drugs of entertainment" are widely accepted socially, because there believe that the cigarette is almost civil death of a person who smokes, but being addicted to marijuana, for example, is "normal" and completely acceptable. In developing countries is still not as widely accepted to be addicted to "simple drugs" and alcohol is the most common and of course smoking.

However, the need to recognize that a mind altered by a drug "simple" produce actions that perpetuate poverty and dependency on what the government can provide them to avoid starving or living on the streets. This harsh reality hurts. It is not the same talk about being tolerant of simple drugs before I saw Mrs. Marcelina that after seeing their reality. I wish that I could make you live a bit the future of a young woman who begins with its dependence on any drugs.

Marcelina Hopefully you just as much as me. Hopefully think twice before yielding to the temptation to have fun every weekend with a drug "simple", which seems harmless, but whose consequences are only seen when it is too late. Do not get sick. Take care of yourself, today and every day. Watch your mind and pay no attention to the commercials on TV. The real joy, the joy and entertainment, get yourself perfectly still, without any drugs. Marcelina You no longer have more output than death, that sounds bitter. Remember that women have twice the tendency to addiction than men, the effect of testosterone.

Get up and have fun with our heads held high, always. Raise your voice with me to let the world know that there is a drug "simple." All drugs alter our mind, soul, and of course, our lives.

A woman of 80 years, lively, talkative, full of life, is assured of his personal charm. It is hard to see someone of that age freely walks the streets, smiling, hand washing clothes, receiving the visit of her great-grandchildren, going to market every day and working at the home of strangers to keep washing clothes.

When he arrived home from Flor, Dona Marcelina responded to an advertisement to place a pair of caregivers for a plot of land with an average construction. She, a little younger than her husband John, struck Florida with his talkativeness, good humor and good health. Said to be 80, but not knowing if you really had since I had no identity card and her husband either. He also said he was looking for a place to live because his family was poor and could not shelter. He got the job immediately. He said he had had 12 children in life, but live only 4, because the others died before their fifth. He said to come from a very poor community in Potosí, a very high and cold in the south central Bolivia. Flower left wondering why their children do not care about her? Obviously his family were near, came with her to the interview, and visited every day in his room caretaker.

The answer began to dawn on the third day of his new job. Her husband, John, greeted Flor at 8 am in the midst of a total drunk. Marcelina and John was not not talk to her. Two days later, surprised, asked Flor Marcelina had happened. She said that John was "so long", she escaped from him when he took it back and hit him two or three days later because he was afraid. Flor was very sorry, advised him to put strong and not let him take. However, three days after the story was further clarified. Marcelina was at home, completely drunk, with one of his grandchildren. All morning screamed, jumped and sang, intimidating the construction workers who had to care. This beautiful old woman, full of candor when he was sober, was a kind of fighter comic (the bad guy) when he was drunk. He did not stop to take a sip of cheap alcohol infamous throughout the day, for three days straight, and John did not appear in the house.

On the fourth day, a little more sober, apologized. She said her grandson had invited him drink, which had celebrated Labor Day and that "he had gone too far." However, from that day, six days of sobriety, had four of drunkenness, both she and John. Marcelina was sad to see in such a state, and workers lost respect him completely.

It lasted two months on the job, promising that it would not take, but the story was repeated all the time until they received the eviction notice. It was a weekend either in the same way they came, moving silently and their few belongings in a hand cart that John missed the end of their service in a new drunk. It took only three months to realize what the true story of his life. She certainly was not as old as it looked. The life of his twelve sons was probably always in danger for his constant drunkenness and its example is being followed by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who visit their grandparents for drinks up to a week in total ...

The face of poverty has to do with a "drug for entertainment, as are many others that are swarming around in the streets. The problem is that the altered state produced in the minds of people, leading to his followers to live lives of total spiritual poverty, moral and money. The world health organization estimates that the number of female drug addicts to any entertainment, whether alcohol, marijuana, hashish, cocaine or any other, has quadrupled in the past 20 years. This means that before you could have 40 friends and none become addicted, however now you have ten friends and at least one will be addicted to something.

This sad reality is the same, with different levels of drug prices, both in the developed world and in the developing world. The only thing different is that in the developing world "drugs of entertainment" are widely accepted socially, because there believe that the cigarette is almost civil death of a person who smokes, but being addicted to marijuana, for example, is "normal" and completely acceptable. In developing countries is still not as widely accepted to be addicted to "simple drugs" and alcohol is the most common and of course smoking.

However, the need to recognize that a mind altered by a drug "simple" produce actions that perpetuate poverty and dependency on what the government can provide them to avoid starving or living on the streets. This harsh reality hurts. It is not the same talk about being tolerant of simple drugs before I saw Mrs. Marcelina that after seeing their reality. I wish that I could make you live a bit the future of a young woman who begins with its dependence on any drugs.

Marcelina Hopefully you just as much as me. Hopefully think twice before yielding to the temptation to have fun every weekend with a drug "simple", which seems harmless, but whose consequences are only seen when it is too late. Do not get sick. Take care of yourself, today and every day. Watch your mind and pay no attention to the commercials on TV. The real joy, the joy and entertainment, get yourself perfectly still, without any drugs. Marcelina You no longer have more output than death, that sounds bitter. Remember that women have twice the tendency to addiction than men, the effect of testosterone.

Get up and have fun with our heads held high, always. Raise your voice with me to let the world know that there is a drug "simple." All drugs alter our mind, soul, and of course, our lives.

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