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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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LIVING                                                                      NOVEMBER 2010

 

WHAT HAVE I JUST WRITTEN?

 

I am obviously getting older; my children constantly remind me and they are NEVER economical with the truth. “Your hair is too white at the front.” “My friends think dad is my granddad.” “The boy at the supermarket told me that my grandma shopped today.”

“OK! Enough is enough!” I retort. “So my hair is white at the front; it isn’t white anywhere else and I actually think it looks blonde…and don’t forget that we actually lived in middle class north London when all three of you were conceived; an area where the average age of the first-time mother is about 32 years, compared to Aegina where, judging by the look of most mothers, the average age of first-time mothers is about twenty. So yes, I am friendly with your friends’ grandmothers!”

That aside though, what does bother me is the amnesia which creeps up like a malignant weed. Take for example my older son’s passport. He needed it to travel to England. I saw it one day in the office, tucked inside a yellow folder with the word PASSPORT written on the front. Hell, that will get lost; I thought if it isn’t put back in the index box where it normally lives. I saw it again, this time in a plastic wallet, the ones which have holes down one side. I think I might have picked it up and brought it home with the intention of placing it in the index box...but I didn’t! Perhaps I dreamt that I slipped it inside a book or maybe I was just hoping too much that I had hidden it inside a game...and we all spent a whole week looking for it! It is possibly re-cycled with the paper rubbish or perhaps one day, in years to come, someone will be sorting through a cupboard or will have thrown out a pile of games and jigsaw puzzles, only to come across a passport and that person will think, hell, that’s a funny place to put a passport!

The same son left a pair of expensive sunglasses in our friend’s London home which he conveniently remembered when we were on the M6. I recovered them when I returned to London and I successfully brought them to Aegina where I slipped them in a soft green glasses case for safe keeping.  Can I find them? No way!!! So I have resorted to screaming at my younger two that ONE of them has taken those glasses and lost them. “YOU have probably lost them. You are getting old and you lose everything.” they say, as tactlessly as possible. Perhaps they have a point. My favourite necklace, an antique 1920s silver deco chain from which hangs a huge sphere of the richest golden amber, genuine amber, full of insects and plant parts which glows like a flame, even in the dullest light…..last seen in my hand. I was chatting to someone whilst simultaneously thinking, I must put this in my jewellery box or I’ll lose it. I CAN’T FIND IT!!!

It doesn’t matter where we live, whether it is in affluent north London, a congenial market town or a Greek island, something like age cannot be avoided. We can learn a new language and culture and even re-invent ourselves but that weed of amnesia can affect the sharpest of minds. Now, where did I put my handbag?


Alison Lorentzos                                                               copyright 2010



 

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