Colette Rossier was born in Paris in 1937.
Her most striking childhood memories were twofold: the shame of being raised at the time by a single parent and life in Paris under the German occupation during WWII. Her mother had chosen to hide two Jewish Ladies in their attic. They were denounced by a neighbour and one night arrested. She clearly recalls the arrest and the prison but the time was on their side for capitulation had been pronounced while waiting for their turn to be sentenced to death for treason. Post war, the Red Cross organized stays for children in Switzerland. She was sent to the village of Rougemont where she was to meet her husband and to be blessed with 50 years of a happy marriage. We are pleased to give you her replies to our two questions:
What Brings You Happiness?
Happiness is a very small thing, a rayon of sunshine, a bird that sings in the morning, the foliage sprouting on treas in spring, nature that wakens, the sun, warmth, but the greatest happiness is the smile of a child. In fact, everything is happiness.. Happiness is certainly within me and my joy of life is steady. The signs of happiness are the wrinkles of my face. It shows you how often I smiled in my life. The greatest happiness has been the construction of my family nucleus with my favourite actors: my husband, my children, my grandchildren and my great grand children.
What Would You Change (If You Could) To Make Our World
A Better Place?
I would like to think that I would be a good fairy with a magic wand in my hands for things to change. I would change the way our children are educated. They would no longer be the centre of the attention of the family. I would like to see our children given boundaries and to be taught the importance of respect for one another. I would change how sexuality is perceived by our adolescents and explain the emotional baggage it entails. I would limit their exposure to all types of media where violence, fictitious sexuality and absurd relationships are omnipresent.I would like to see an education of love, respect, sharing and a deep understanding of work ethics effort and there are no easy solutions.
Parents will learn to say No to their children, set limits to their actions and we will see children finding a natural equilibrium and reassurance in the troubled and precarious economic times we are living in.