Monday, April 5, 2010

Una Semana Santa...Una Semana Maravillosa!

April 6th
...I was having coffee this morning...feeling happy...fortunate...fullfilled...at peace...this is the last day on the island...the last year of the decade I'm walking through...a beautiful decade that taught me so much...made me complete as a person...as a woman...as a soul...today is my birthday...
...I was greeted by a beautiful sun...the blue of a calm sea...birds singing...butterflies and bees flying on the trees and flowers...the distinctive smell of the island...a delicious cup of hot coffee...and love...lots of love...
...life has been very generous to me with things that others don't consider important, but to me it has been soul food...
...Chica Belga...I had promised you that I wouldn't spoil your surprise...I lasted only until 12:ooam...you have given me the most valuable thing...your trust...thank you from the bottom of my heart...I will always cherish it...

...my sweet, sweet Soniar...there are no words to describe what I feel...you're a sister...a best friend...a wife...and more...so much more...Ale, las chicas griegas estan listas para vos!!!!!!!!

...and you my Bear...you have given me so much happiness...so much affection...so much of you...I love you...just hold my hand and don't let go..

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...this was nature's gift to me this morning...
...this is from the night before...sins...sins...and more sins...
...for a few days I wasn't able to post...too much to do...too many places to visit...but I gathered my moments and now it's time to tell....

HOLY THURSDAY...
...I was expecting the Bear and the sweet little man to come at night...early in the morning, though, there was a knock on the door...my two beautiful smiles had arrived!

...peaceful moments at our favorite internet cafe...

...someone was more courageous than me and collected these lilies...corners of the house were in full bloom...
...I couldn't resist baking, too...do I ever stop??!!!
GOOD FRIDAY...
...we drove to the monastery of St. Nicholas...this is a view of the capital of the island...my village...and the endless blue...
...there's life that's being reborn...that's what Spring is all about...
...when I was a little girl..every Good Friday a brownish big butterfly that looked as if it had two eyes on its wings, would appear on this window...my mom used to tell me that it was Christ's butterfly and we used to take it to church and place it on the Epitaphio (Christ's tomb)...
...it's really amazing, on Good Friday night, while Christ's Tomb is taken around the village...people light up fire works, and from every house that passes by, the owner throws rose petals and cologne...
...this was our Epitaphios...the night before many women from the village had gone to church at midnight in order to help decorate this Holy Tomb...

HOLY SATURDAY
...it was a crepe breakfast......later a walk in our sunny town...ouzo, good laughs and good friends......on the same day, we go to church around midnight for the ceremony of Christ's Resurrection...afterwards we gather together and eat a special soup called "Magiritsa"....we were with dear, old friends at our friend Rena's restaurant...
...Rena is a very special lady, an excellent cook, and one classy mama... she's got wonderful taste, and her restaurant, although small, is very cozy and inviting...she came to the island on a weekend for business purposes and never left...
...after dinner there where fireworks...
...at 1:30 am...it's the custom...noone sleeps...
...it's one of the very special and few nights that we let the kids party until the early hours of the day...
EASTER SUNDAY...
...when I went to fetch them I witnessed this beautiful sunrise...
...when we reached our house...
...it was just another beautiful day in the "land of lemon trees"...
...(first whip lash!) the day when we crack our red Easter eggs...red for the blood that Christ shed......my friend-adopted cousin-Meny, had invited us to her beautiful house for Easter lunch...there was so much happiness around...the children helped in the preparations...there was wine, laughter, songs, jokes, and warmth...lots of warmth...
...(second whip lash!) the food turned out great...Greeks eat lamb...I don't...mine was hamburgers...the wine was great...and for dessert, strawberry short cake baked by yours truly!
...it was a beautiful week...lots was said...new memories were created...the taste buds of my soul were super sensitive to taste what was sent to me...I'm thankful...cleaner...at peace...

1 comment:

Lynn Richards said...

Manya my friend, what a beautiful, beautiful post! such a celebration for Easter!
I wish you many Happy Birthday wishes! For peace, grace and love to abound this year.
Much love,
lynn