Another act of kindness was one of the first times I had actually met Antigoni, when she sent me a very special gift at a very sad time in my life. I hope she knows how much that meant to me. I keep that gift with me always. She also sent me a Christmas ornament last year but because of that sadness I neglected to recognize her here in my blog, and so now I wanted to let her know how much I love that too. Unfortunately I can't show you it because it is packed away with my other treasures until next Christmas. The only reason I can show you this one is that I wanted to keep it on display for as long as I could, along with sister Marina's book which I am now happily reading. People such as Antigoni and Marina are the heart of Greece.
I don't think I have ever told them this but my first job after I left school was with a travel agency in a town not too far from the village I lived in at the time. I was definitely a "gopher". "Go for this, go for that." I was sent on many errands that I really didn't enjoy. If someone had any personal shopping to do they would send me off to get it for them but you have to start somewhere I suppose. Unfortunately that job didn't last very long as I was feeling a bit like a slave. You know how things are when you are very young, sometimes you just feel put upon, and when I ended up babysitting for my boss who used to go off with his wife and come home at three o'clock in the morning and because I had a hard time saying, "No I don't want to babysit your five unruly kids because I'm not much more than a kid myself!" I realized we weren't a good fit.
However, I used to pour through the brochures and always stopped at the pages where they showed the most gorgeous pictures of Greece, and longed to go there - I still do. Hopefully one of these days my dream will come true. In the meantime I will enjoy going to Antigoni and Marina's blogs and see it through their eyes.