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|Mon, 05-25-2009 - 4:59am|
I am popping in from Thessaloniki, Greece, where it is 11:40 AM on Monday morning right now, and I am sipping some good strong Greek coffee. We flew here last week because my aunt (My mom's oldest sister) had a massive cerebral hemorrhage and died last week. It was very unexpected, and has been very hard for my mom, who lives in the USA with half her siblings in Greece. My aunt's funeral was Friday evening, and her burial was Saturday. Last night my other aunt had a dinner in honor of her memory, and a lamb was roasted on a spit (Which is a bit hard for me to deal with), along with a lot of other delicious Greek food.
It has been wonderful to see my cousins, aunts and uncles. My kids and husband came with me, and my kids have never been here before, so they are getting to see a bit of their heritage. I've been pleasantly surprised to see how much Greek they actually know. They seem to understand quite a bit, even though they are a bit shy to speak it. My DH, on the other hand, speaks very little Greek, and one of my cousins has taken it upon herself to give him Greek lessons!
Despite the sad circumstances of our trip, it is wonderful to be back in Greece. The weather is beautiful! Right now it is about 80 degrees, without a cloud in the sky. Greece is a beautiful country, and somewhere deep in my heart part of me feels as if I've come home when I'm here, even though I was born in the USA, and am American to the core. The worst part of the trip, besides the sad circumstances of my aunt's passing and my family's grief, was the jet lag. For the first 48 hours after we got here, we were so exhausted and disoriented, as Greece is 7 hours ahead of the East Coast. It was especially hard for the kids. I'm not looking forward to that after our return home!!
We are going to Athens today to visit some of my cousins on my *dad's* side, so I'd better go. Much to my delight, there is a Starbuck's here in Thessaloniki, and I just sent my DH off to get me a mocha frapuccino. I hope they understand his English. He might just come back with something totally off the wall! I probably should have gone with him, LOL
I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day! That is not a Greek holiday, but I imagine many of you who work are off today and I hope the weather is good for you! :)
O Theos eylogei oloi sas! Mehri tin epomeni fora. . .
(God bless all of you! Until next time. . .)