Aegina Home & Living - Living in Aegina

 

 

 


LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

                                                           LIVING


 

LIVING                                                                             JANUARY 2014

 

SOME HOME TRUTHS:

This is the year when I will not write any more on cats, rats and bats. Enough is enough. Greece is a fabulous country with some amazing people (many of whom have paid their taxes) I will write what I want to write and Mr. L cannot stop me!

 

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I saw him firstly just a few days before Christmas, sat in the corner of Dimitri’s place. I don’t think he’d ordered anything and even though I was chatting to my nephew, I tried to catch his eye, to engage a spark of acknowledgement, a nod of recognition. Nothing!!! His eyes were empty, all lights switched off. His face skinny and deeply lined, his skin hung loosely south towards his hands which gripped the arms of the chair. His hair was long and dirty, in need of a good wash. He wasn’t conversing nor reading, just slumped slightly forward, uncomfortable in his chair, a man who seemed about to leave but possibly with nowhere to go.

The second time I saw him, he was scuffing his way down Afais, scuffing, not walking and I noticed that he was wearing old sandals and no socks despite it being winter and the weather cold. Stooped, he had the gait of an old kyphotic man; his coat was filthy and unfastened; it flapped behind him. His trousers too short and frayed.

Then yesterday, as Mr. L and I were leaving the office, I saw him again but he didn’t see me. His feet clad in broken shoes, still no socks, he scraped along the cobbled road, concentrated on looking between the cracks. He would periodically bend down to pick up discarded cigarette butts, a quick free smoke, a poor man’s solution to nicotine addiction.  Two teenage girls on their way out saw him, giggled and as they passed, they did so by forming a wide arc. They looked back at him, laughed again and linked arms affectionately. He didn’t notice.

Mr. L, a nicotine addict, finished locking the office door.”Give some of your cigarettes to that man I hissed urgently, the one who used to live near us, the one I was telling you about. He’s picking up cigarette ends and some children are laughing at him” “And if he starts to come back for more? What then?” Asked Mr. L. “Then you’ll just keep giving him more!”I replied

Mr. L followed the sound of his scuffing feet, caught up with him and apologized for interrupting but explained that he would like to share his cigarettes and gave him 5. The man was slow to respond, as if waking from a deep confused sleep but eventually realised what he was being offered and took them. He then scuffled on back home, which we have been told is a car.

This man was once our neighbor. He lived in a house, owned a car and had a job. He also had a respectable group of friends and a relationship with an intelligent woman. I remember when we first moved to Aegina, he stopped to speak to the children and asked very politely if they could be a little more careful of his car when playing with their ball. This man had self respect and a life but then we didn’t have an economic crisis which is worsening every day!



 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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