In general terms, we all know what the consequences of drought are. It is not a new fact that the lack of rain generates a greater risk of fires, increases the probability of death of animals, also affects crops and of course, has an impact on the health of human beings.
What no one imagined was that this natural phenomenon would impact the grief of a family, which for more than a year has had to fulfill the last wish of a loved one.
Nelly, Cecilia's mother, the day she fulfilled her dream of flying in a balloon (Courtesy: Cecilia Vignau).
On social networks, the Agrarian Administration graduate Cecilia Vignau assured that she had to “tell the best story of the drought,” and detailed the situation: “In January 2023, my mother died. Since she was from Junín, she asked us to throw her ashes from the Laguna de Gómez breakwater. We still have the box at home. Ideas are accepted.”
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“It's like my mom doesn't want to leave.”
In dialogue with TN, he said that at the beginning of last year his mother Nelly was diagnosed with cancer and died a week later. The woman was 72 years old and until she was 20 she had lived in Junín, a city in Buenos Aires that marked her existence and that of those closest to her, forever.
Laguna de Gómez became 6,000 hectares of desert (Credit: drone TN).
“I have family there and they were sending us photos of how the lagoon was drying up. We never imagined that she was going to disappear… It's as if my mother didn't want to leave, because she asked us not to put her in a filthy vault and to throw her ashes there,” Vignau said.
Nelly's daughter remembered that when she was a girl they spent entire afternoons enjoying the lagoon “which was so deep you could drown.” “It was our meeting place with uncles, cousins, friends… I have lived wonderful moments there and for me at that time it was a sea, a giant mirror of water,” she explained.
During the pandemic, Nelly wrote her biography and the lagoon was the protagonist of the story (Courtesy: Cecilia Vignau).
“We did not imagine to what extent the drought was going to affect us”
The Goméz Lagoon was so important to them that the landscape was one of the settings that Nelly painted the most in her paintings, and that also occupied the most space in the biography she wrote during the pandemic. According to her notes, in her youth “the great entertainment at the spa was the giant slide,” and “when it opened, it was crazy crowded.”
“The floor of the lagoon was made of mud, and the truth is it was a bit disgusting to enter,” Cecilia's mother described in her biography and assured that in the area “there were many flamingos that disappeared when motorboating began to become fashionable.” . “A shame!” she said in the letter.
“It was a little disgusting to enter,” Nelly said in her biography (Courtesy: Cecilia Vignau).
Knowing his last wish, Junín's family had asked if it was possible to make it happen. “My uncle took the trouble to go and ask the Municipality if the ashes could be thrown away and they had told us yes, but well… we didn't imagine to what extent the drought was going to affect us,” said Vignau.
Despite the pending, they managed to say goodbye full of love, humor and art. “I put up her paintings as if it were an exhibition, we did a balloon release and the ashes ceremony was the last part. We take death with humor, it makes me funny that it has just dried up now,” she said.
Nelly's ashes are on a dresser in Cecilia's house, and the whole family is asking the same question as the inhabitants of Junín: Will there be a lagoon again?
One of the many paintings that Nelly made of Laguna de Gómez (Courtesy: Cecilia Vignau).