Centenarian Helen Lizetta Hutchinson was showered with love as she celebrated her great milestone today. She told Barbados TODAY that being surrounded by her six children and the majority of her 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren was one of the greatest gifts she had received.
The birthday girl was the centre of attention, as her loved ones gathered at her St Margaret’s, St John home, capturing the precious moments with lots of pictures.
Quite alert and responsive, Hutchinson who was a housewife, was also quite pleased with the opportunity to meet Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave who presented her with a birthday card and a bottle of non-alcoholic wine.
“I’m feeling good today,” the old lady testified.
She attributed her longevity to hard work. She took her job being a stay-at-home mother and a housewife very seriously.
Cooking, baking, washing clothes and paying a great deal of attention to the sound upbringing of her children is how she spent most of her younger years.
“[It was] hard work raising five boy children and one girl. I was a mother who liked to share some blows. I am very proud of all of them. I love them.
“A lot of people tell me, “I wish our children were like yours”. But some mothers start too late to lash them. They have to train them from early, then you can manage them,” the centenarian said.
Her daughter Lucille, also the second child, told Barbados TODAY that she recalled her mother was the “boss” of the house, especially when it came to managing her and her siblings.
She said her mother also met the needs of her husband who managed estates.
“She was the ruler of the house. She took good care of us and then she took good care of some of her grandchildren. She is a wonderful mother,” Lucille remarked.
If it was up to this centenarian, she would be out and about, she added.
“Right now she still tries to be independent and it is only a few months ago that we got her to consent to somebody staying with her at night. She wants to go downstairs, she wants to go shopping,” Lucille said. (AH)