13 May 2012

My Mum


13 May 2012
Almost 52 years old
Melbourne
I don’t think a child can fully appreciate their parents until they become a parent themselves. Well I certainly never did, and seeing as I didn’t becoming a mother until I was almost 41, it left my own mother somewhat in the cold for quite a long time.

Five Things About my Mother, Sophia
• I never appreciated how difficult her life was as I was growing up. She left all her family and migrated to the other side of the world. Over the last 50-odd years she has only seen her mother (now deceased), sisters and brothers a handful of times.
• She wanted to become a doctor but was thrown out of university due to the political convictions of her family. This was due to the aftermath of the Greek Civil War.
• She has been a feminist role model for my sister and I, although she would never call herself that. She brought us up to believe we could do and be anything we wanted to be.
• She is and always has been a lioness, she defends our family with supernatural fierceness.
• She used to frighten me, but has mellowed over the years. These days she is a very sweet mum and yiayia (grandmother).

One more thing: Happy Mothers Day Mum – I love you! x

9 comments:

  1. She's beautiful!

    Silly note: I get a kick out of you listing your age as "almost 52 years old" -- reminds me of kids who say they're "seven and a half!"

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    1. Ha! I know what you mean. It's just I feel fraudulent putting 51 as I'm a week away from 52 - wouldn't want to lie about my age!

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    2. I do the same thing when talking about my job. I would talk about my main client and job description and think it sounded more interesting and creative than it actually was, so I would hastily discount it all rapidly with several negative qualifiers so they wouldn't think I was fraudulently boosting myself. I wonder what that impulse is -- there's an admirable side, but also maybe an unwarranted fear of being found out as an impostor (at least in my case).

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    3. You and I are probably a bit too honest! I know a lot of people who overplay their creativity and career achievements, you mustn't shy from telling people how good you are professionally. Having said that, I'm never comfortable tooting my own horn, so...

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  2. Fantastic! You must share.

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  3. Thank you Hariklia....You made me cry again :( Mum was/is a great role model for us and now my daughter Sophia is inspired by her. I am sure Ali and Lukas are also a little inspired.

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    1. I'm sure they are, as are other people who aren't even related to her/us. I didn't even go into all the kind deeds she and dad do, with helping neighbours etc.

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  4. A beautiful and wonderful mother!

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