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LIVING IN AEGINA

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LIVING                                                                          APRIL 2017
  

CARNIVAL WEEKEND 2017 PARTYING AND RELAXATION

 

That evening, we arranged to meet friends at the Cretan restaurant, to have some good old carnival fun, namely, meat eating, wine drinking and dancing!! And this we did until the early hours of the morning, like a group of carefree teenagers. Most people had left the restaurant by 2am which gave the singers among us the chance to sing along with the band. First up was a thin Greek woman wearing a plastic cap on top of her long bleached blond hair. Unfortunately though, like her hat, her voice too was rather flat, too tuneless for me to endure, so I turned to my sister in law, the one with the voice and suggested she got up to support flat cap with her singing; and this she did with diplomacy and aplomb, until finally, flat cap handed her the microphone.  Anna then serenaded us with her soulful, tuneful singing …absolute melodic bliss!!

So we stayed out late and this is because we were able to, since the main advantage of one’s children leaving home is the re-kindling of freedom…to make selfish decisions and to stay out as long as we like….no more babysitters to get back to… no bossy adult children demanding to know why we are back late..So eventually, we arrived home at 4am, fed, exercised and relaxed from dancing, adequately entertained.

Sunday was naturally a quiet day, one on which we woke up late, took a long walk in Aegina town and in my case, ended the day  watching an excellent Spanish drama with Greek sub-titles on ERT 3, the more erudite TV channel. Being a family that doesn’t buy anything new until an item really needs replacing, we still have an old tube TV that Mr. L likes to watch but in reality, he mainly listens to. He doesn’t realize that all the images are transmitted in only two colours, purple and yellow because the TV refuses to die, despite having a badly damaged tube. It sits precariously on an old tavern chair so that it is at Mr. L’s eye level when he is lying down and because the chair is not really made to accommodate a bulky tube TV, in the past is has toppled and fallen if someone has knocked it whilst trying to get past it on the way out to the veranda or perhaps Mr. L has risen too quickly from the lying to sitting position and has steadied himself against the TV, knocking it to the dense marble floor. On several occasions, when we have had guests for dinner, the TV has been put out onto the veranda and once it was forgotten overnight. Typically, it rained that night and I hoped that perhaps it was killed, ready to be replaced by a slimmer, flat-screened, more elegant model with its own stand (not unlike the one that our children have to watch in their den….lucky things!...their tube TV just died… a full death, no heart beat, no light) Mr. L, though, being a practical man, one who has a loyal, historical relationship with this ugly, hardy TV, took a hairdryer to its back and sides and when he switched the TV on, it was back again, full of screaming politicians who continuously interrupt each other, all with purple and yellow faces!

Interesting though how we humans easily accept a situation for what it is and with continuous exposure to a situation, we don’t notice it, a bit like graffiti plastered around certain areas of Athens. So there we were on a cold Sunday evening in February with old friends, sat on the sofa in front of the log fire, a bowl of deliciously sweet oranges between us, watching a really gripping Spanish drama with Greek sub-titles written in purple, oblivious to the standard yellow tinge of the actors’ complexions and assuming that all the dark purple hair was probably black but what really mattered was the drama, the events that unfolded and for me in particular, a great Greek language lesson, keeping up with those sub-titles, maintaining the story!




Alison Lorentzos                                                       copyright 2017

 

 

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