Name: Wiebke Göetjes (59) from Marken, opera singer / coach
Buddy: Marleen Engeler (78)
“Marleen sang in the choir that I led for a while and is married to Meindert, my former high school English teacher. My mother passed away on Christmas Day 2019, after I had cared for her 24/7 for 2.5 years. After the hustle and bustle of funeral, I fell into a black hole. All my work as a singer and coach was prohibited by the corona measures, so that from one moment to the next I no longer had work and income. At the beginning of March, Marleen, who is very creative like me, asked if I would come back to knit. We had already done that a few times in the past.
No sooner said than done. We knit by hand, but also on the machine. I could store my knitting machine in her study, I live very small myself. Marleen had already bought a knitting machine in the meantime, but was unable to use it yet.
We got to work. I taught her how to knit on the machine and made some nice sweaters myself. After 2 weeks the lockdown came due to corona and we did not know whether I would be allowed to visit her. We stopped knitting for two weeks, only to then decide that we both actually interacted with very few people outside of each other and did not undertake many activities like going to the supermarket. So we were equal corona buddies. From then on I started knitting with her every day. At such moments you naturally also talk a lot and get to know each other better. Now we are kind of best friends, aged 59 and 78.
We’ve worked our way through the lockdown. I came, and still do, every day in the early afternoon and then stay until 6, 7. It gave us a goal and a regularity that made the lockdown almost pass us by.
Knitting has become very important to me, I have now partly turned it into my work and sell my work through Dutch Knitwit Studio. The corona crisis has taught me that you can no longer lose the talents you already had as a child and that you can use them again at a later age. But above all, I have gained a fantastic girlfriend. I think I would have become quite depressed without Marleen. ”
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