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LIVING                                                                            JANUARY 2011

 

‘TWAS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS.........

 

And we were so excited about our eldest returning for the holidays. The scene was set....log fire blazing, his bedroom warmed and tidied and his favorite food in the oven. Child number two had been instructed to leave his friends and return home in time to awaken his sister from her glandular fever-induced sleep, to be ready to greet their brother in a way that is melodramatically portrayed in American movies; yes, we were to be the Walton’s for one evening!

So Mr. and Mrs. L waited in their faithful Altos for the Agios Nektarios to decant their first born....but he didn’t emerge and so disobeying the script, we got out of the car and went into the boat to find him. Apparently, his suitcase, weighing 43 kgs had been stolen....not mistakenly taken but plain stolen! Along with all his theory books and notes from university. (We hope that there are some educated thieves around, who are enjoying economics theory; they will also have clean hair and smell pleasant because he also had 10 bottles of shampoo and 10 bottles of deodorant. I REFUSE to pay the exorbitant prices for these items in Greece!)

He pushed past his siblings, entered his bedroom and slammed the door. Number 3 was grateful of the chance to go back to sleep whereas number 2 was very confused, so we explained the reason for his mood.

On Christmas Eve, we invited only a few friends round as neither of us felt particularly jolly but I still ended up going to bed at 3 am..and still packing stockings, even though one child is officially an adult.

I awoke at 7.30 am with all intention of cooking the turkey but I felt very unwell and had to go back to bed. Mr. L offered to cook the Christmas lunch along with help from a slightly happier number one child and the eager energy of number two who has on occasions considered training to be a chef. He was sent to his aunts to get some fresh chestnuts and then to chop them in preparation for the stuffing. Number two threaded the needle and was most impressed when Mr. L sewed up the turkey’s butt and for those of you who know him well, you will understand why this is quite an amazing feat!

Number three attempted to set the table..and she did a wonderful job; she was after all on prescribed bed-rest.

The turkey burnt, the potatoes were hard and the gravy was very greasy. By 2.30, I was rested enough to return to my role as hostess to some friends for Christmas lunch.

I quickly re-made the gravy and put on a bit of make-up and a smile. Our friends thought I looked well and the children considered me a complete fraud that pretended to be ill so that they would  have to cook the lunch!

Number three child ate nothing and returned to bed

Number two child complained that cooking Christmas lunch is an exhausting task and for that lesson, I am grateful.

Number one was finally glad to be home with his family

Finally, we had a very relaxed Christmas day, just the family and two close friends; it was very enjoyable!


Alison Lorentzos                                                               copyright 2010



 

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