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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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LIVING                                                                              JUN/JUL 2013

END OF AN ERA?

 

Our beloved, hideous yet lovable dog died on Saturday 8th June 2013 and we all miss him terribly. We miss his eager greeting at the garden gate, his eccentric habit of removing his pillow from his kennel and placing it in a sunny spot in the garden; he’d even put it back when the sun set!! He knew exactly how to handle Mr. L and understood him totally. He knew that despite his master’s forced aloofness, there was a heart of gold. He knew to leave Mr. L well alone until 10am, that during the evening he’d get affection and even a tit-bit of food.

Soon after arriving on the island to live here permanently, we acquired the brother and sister from an acquaintance of Mr. L and so they partnered us in our adaption to our new life. The children have numerous photographs of them, wearing sun-glasses and hats, dresses even and then there are the photos of the dogs and children enjoying the first real Greek snow in Anitsao. Over the years, the children had anthropomorphized the dogs into characters with corresponding voices. Even today, 10 years on, the children will speak in Ori voice. Ringo, the female was rather fastidious and a bit of a nag. If Ori had done something wrong, such as chew a favourite jumper or bring a neighbour’s chicken struggling and squawking into the garden, Ringo would snap his heels and chase him into the   kennel. She was by far, the more intelligent of the two and would probably have gone into academia had she been a human.

A great strategist, she would be the one who’d bark sharp instructions to her brother on how to trap and catch a rat or a lizard that had strayed in to the garden from the field next door. She would enthusiastically sniff a heap of rocks, upturn them and frantically dig until she’d locate the creature and then Ori would go in for the kill. She always dominated the best position in the kennel, to the rear if it was raining, at the front on a cool breezy day.

Ori, were he a human, would have been a philosophizing hippy who’d while away the time at local tavernas, drinking ouzo and smoking, a pacifist with a tendency towards laziness.

Interestingly, he was unaffected by the death of his sister 3 years ago, infact he almost seemed happier! All that kennel space finally his own; no more heel nipping and nagging…bliss!

Ori’s main fear was loud noises, bullets, gun powder and fireworks, thunder and lightning. It was during these times of terror that Mr. L would get out his heart and allow the dog to lie beneath the stairs, a place where he felt safe with his family.

Ori knew too that child number 2 (if he was a dog, he would be a Rottweiler) was simply hormonal but still the most sensitive big hearted character of the whole family. It was to this child’s room that Ori would fearfully claw the shutters to gain entry when scared. The evidence is still there on the shutters, where the blue paint has been clawed off and the wood beneath sticks out like little bristles.

One night though, when child number 2 was sleeping deeply, he awoke to slamming shutter s, pounding rain and flashes of lightning. The bedroom doors were blocked by a table-tennis table but his bedroom window was exposed and for a brief second, he saw a head against a background of lightning. It disappeared then it re-appeared..disappeared and then re-appeared. He was just about to yell out to his snoring parents when he realized the head had big wide eyes and floppy ears. Ori had made his needs known, by jumping high and knocking on the window. Our son sleepily made his way to the front door and let the dog gratefully skulk to his place beneath the stairs.

During these difficult times, Ori, by simply being around, was our family normality, our mainstay. We took his presence for granted and assumed he was immortal

So is Ori’s death symbolic of a time for change? Should we be thinking about returning to the UK? Away from the clutches of Troika and the harshness of austerity? Or should we ride this storm, acquire a new dog from the rescue home and see what happens?

Watch this space……


ORI R.I.P JUN 2013



ORI R.I.P JUN 2013

                                 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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