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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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LIVING                                                                                MAY 2012  

PARENTAL CONCERNS

The week before Easter and the Lorentzos household was stressed.

Child number two was studying towards his final I.B exams and Mrs. L who is frequently reminded by her children that she is a control freak (from hell) decided to fulfill this prophecy. So…on a daily basis she would confiscate both laptop and mobile phone belonging to child number 2 which she’d then lock in her bedroom and then place the key in her handbag. She would then go upstairs to child number ones’ room and lock this one too so that access to the play station was also denied

Her parents were due to arrive, so Mr. L decided to have the household pit emptied to prevent any unpleasant spillages and after much nagging, he also agreed to allow an engineer in to the house to repair the dish washer. After 3 weeks of redundancy, the dish washer was to be assessed, diagnosed and repaired. The engineer pressed the on/off switch and the machine purred into action, doing all the things it is supposed to do. It sucked in water, dispersed soap, washed, rinsed and drained. Mrs. L insisted that it hadn’t worked on many successive occasions. The engineer shrugged his shoulders, took his call –out money and disappeared.

The boats were on strike on the day of her parents’ arrival so child number one agreed to meet his grandparents. The meeting was successful. He was able to instruct them quite clearly which bus stop to get off at where he was waiting. He had changed the sheets at the apartment and also bought decent biscuits which he served with two steaming mugs of British tea.

He accompanied them to Aegina and no sooner had they exchanged news with their daughter and handed over short breads biscuits and the latest edition of ‘Good Housekeeping magazine when they were delegated ‘holiday’ tasks. Her father was reminded to pick plenty of lemons and to walk the dog while her mother who’d been instructed to bring a sewing kit was shown which chair needed re-upholstering and where the pile of mending was.

The following day, child number one, who had decided to study from the parental bedroom, was caught eating. Mrs. L does not allow eating in ANY of the bedrooms and as she reminded him of this, she observed bubbling water erupting from the front garden next to the site of the cess pit. She screamed out to her parents NOT to use the shower until the bubbling water had been investigated.

Later, she switched on the loaded dish-washer but it did nothing except emit a monotonous drone. Brain damaged again, it had no idea of what do. In denial, she left it alone and tried to start it again later but the monotonous droning continued. Mr. L, on arriving home, listened to his complaining wife and decided to attempt his own form of D.I Y and kicked the dish-washer. Still, it didn’t work. He called the engineer but he had left the island. Mrs. L who has extreme allergy to detergents could not possibly wash by hand and so this task too was delegated to her parents. After all, old people need to be kept busy don’t they?

The following day, Mrs. L excused herself from the house as she had promised Mr. L to take some clients to view a house in Perdika. Child number one, who had been driving her little car around for practice had mentioned that the engine made a strange noise when the accelerator was pressed. Mr. L was informed of this and indeed the previous evening when sat in the back seat with the window down, he was instructed to listen and diagnose the problem. He apparently heard nothing.

So whilst driving to Perdika, the noise started again and it got worse. On leaving the area of Aeginittissa, Mrs. L glanced at the water gauge and noticed that the needle had reached the end of the red line. She stopped the car and steam hissed out from the bonnet as she opened it. The clients were very understanding and being interested in exercise and walking, decided to complete the journey to the house on foot.

A friend of Mrs. L’, a resident of Klidi, happened to be passing on her way home and offered to get some water. Meanwhile, her husband noticed a tiny hole in a pipe through which water passes and once the engine had been saturated with water, the car was in a position to be driven to a garage.

Back at home, whilst sitting down to lunch at 4.15, Mr. L made the mistake of reminding his wife that she should sometimes check the oil and water levels to which she hysterically screamed that there are some things in life that she has to leave to the men of the house. Her parents were concerned to witness their daughter having a tantrum, something they hadn’t seen for many years and when this expanded to yelling at the children too they must have worried that she might also start on them.

They worked really hard on Easter day. Her father peeled potatoes all morning and chopped vegetables for the salads. Her mother cleaned the shed, arranged the garden furniture and helped set the tables and they both made a wonderful job of clearing everything up later.

Mrs. L wants her parents to visit more frequently. They know this and they are grateful to be wanted.. She has even asked if they would like to come and live with the family. They have decided to ignore this request for the time being; after all, she is 52 and it really is time she learnt to stand on her own two feet.

 Mrs. L’s parents returned to the U.K, for a rest no doubt and to share with their friends the tales of their latest visit to Greece and the time spent with their own child number three.

                                 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2012

 

 

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