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January 2021, Aarau, Switzerland

“Ramon, why is there a small cross hanging in your car?”

This is Ramon, and if you sat in his car, you would see a small cross hanging from the rear-view mirror, dangling back and forth as he drives. And if you accompanied him, you would know that he works in a chocolate factory. For 10 years already. Without his mother, things would be different.

»Ramon, have a look, food technologist might be interesting for you«, she said to him a long time ago and pointed at the screen. She had done some research on the internet. And when it came to handwriting his applications, she insisted on perfection. »Do it again please, spelling mistakes don’t make a good impression.«
Ramon took her advice, and finally he was invited to the trial apprenticeship.

These days, when he comes back to his flat in the evening, it’s quiet. When colleagues come around, he might drink a beer, but when being alone this rarely happens. He has been more aware of his alcohol consumption since his mother died 2 years ago. They hadn’t been able to help her, the addiction had finally been too strong. Despite all the problems, he had a good mother, he would tell you. Of course, the tensions between him and her had been omnipresent, but she supported him, so she picked him up from the trial apprenticeship in the evening and asked how it had gone. This had been the start of a successful working life for Ramon.

He used his apprenticeship wages to pay for driving lessons, and half a year later he passed his driving test. On that day, his mother gave him a small object which he doesn’t always notice nowadays, but which sometimes reminds him that he wants to appreciate life nonetheless. Sometimes we can choose between two perspectives … like the two sides of a little cross that has been hanging from his rear-view mirror for years, dangling back and forth as he drives. And if you accompanied Ramon, you would know that nowadays he works as a food technologist in a well-known chocolate factory. Without his mother, things would have been different.