The ladies behind the counter at Humber College’s Food Emporium on North campus are dishing out relationship advice just in time for Valentine’s Day.
These boisterous apron-clad women have each been married for more than 30 years and have insider secrets on what true love is all about.
Lodovina Serraino met and married her husband in Chile and they came to Canada with their two daughters 28 years ago.
“You need to find somebody honest, somebody who is there for you and supports you,” she said.
Individuals should be happy on their own before being together, said Serraino.
“If you have a problem, you can leave and I’ll be okay by myself,” Serraino frequently tells her husband.
Maria Capel, who has been married for 47 years, met her husband at school in Uruguay. She said he’s the only man she’s ever been with.
“Sometimes you have a little fight here and there, but you need to work through it. Be calm and respect each other,” Capel said.
Gariba Doowd agrees, attributing her successful arranged marriage to that virtue: “My husband respects me, and I respect him,” she said.
Fatima Jaocllen, a Spanish mother of four and grandmother of nine said she’s not impressed with the way young people date around with apps like Tinder and OkCupid..
People should be looking for a life partner, said Jaocllen.
“Have a good relationship,” she said with arms flailing. “Try to understand each other with harmony. Have good sex with one partner instead of having sex with this one and this one and this one.”
Jaocllen often notices students being disrespectful to their peers and superiors.
Kids these days are easily influenced with with media and TV, said Jaocllen.
“They need education on how to protect themselves, how to behave, and how to get married and have a family. It starts from their roots, but school needs to give them education.”
Young people use the F-word with each other and even their teachers today, said Jaocllen, which is “not nice.”
The common message from the Food Emporium ladies is really about the uses of the L-word.
“Love and you will be happy,” Capel said smiling.