Making Memories for Melina, a first visit to the open-air Cinema, Electra, Loutraki, Greece

Melina
My three year old granddaughter, Melina



Last night I had the most wonderful time, a time I’m sure to keep in my heart, as one of my fondest memories.

“What did I do?” you are wondering, spend the night at a five STAR luxury hotel with MGG (My Greek God), or did he take me for a slap up gourmet meal, no expense spared?

Neither of the above, I spent twelve Euros and took my three year old granddaughter, Melina, on her first visit to the cinema.



This week, the local, open-air cinema, ELECTRA opened its doors for the summer season.
I had eagerly been anticipating this event, just for that reason, to take Melina, as I had taken my two children, usually accompanied by a gang of unruly friends, so many years ago, too many years, in fact, to mention!


Electra Cinema Loutraki
Electra Cinema, Loutraki
Photo courtesy of
Electra cinema Loutraki


Each week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Electra shows a children’s film, and, as luck would have it, the first one of the season starred Tinkerbell, a favourite of Melina’s.



Tinkerbell
Tinkerbell and the Monster of Never
Photo courtesy of
Electra cinema Loutraki


Plans were laid, most importantly; Melina had to have had an afternoon nap, as the cinema is outdoors, nothing starts before nine fifteen in the evening, when the sun has gone down.

When I spoke to her, late afternoon, Melina, who had been informed of this wondrous outing by her mother, excitedly told me that we were going to the cinema together, and that she would wear her new dress.

I picked her up at nine, there she was, ready and waiting, all spick and span in her new dress (which she proudly showed me), smiling like the Cheshire Cat, we said our goodbyes to her mum, and off we went.



Cheshire Cat
Alice In Wonderland.
Louise Carroll



She held the money for the tickets tightly in her little fist, and on arrival, shyly paid the cashier.

She was very quiet, gazing around her with a look of astonishment on her sweet face as she chose our seats. (Surprisingly, not at the front, I had been worrying about that, thinking about the stiff neck I would have suffered later).

It was still quite light when we sat down, but in less than five minutes, as happens in Greece, it was suddenly nightfall and the lights went on, much to Melina’s delight.

This delight was nothing compared to her reaction when they went off again and she gleefully exclaimed:

 “It’s starting, it’s starting”



Electra Cinema
Photo courtesy of
Electra cinema Loutraki



I had noticed, beforehand, quite a few of the parents and grandparents had ipads, tablets and the like, at the ready, headphones attached, and thought:

 “What a good idea, that will relieve the boredom of sitting through ninety minutes of a children’s film”

How wrong I was, what those people missed!

 I didn’t see much of the film; I couldn’t take my eyes off Melina, the expression on her face was priceless, the awe, the wonder, the explosive little chuckles, the way she sat, so alert, on the edge of her seat, and, every now and then, she asked me “Is it a bad monster?”, “Where’s Tinkerbell gone?”


Monster of Never
Monster of Never
Photo courtesy of
Electra cinema Loutraki



At the end, when the credits rolled, she turned to me and her face was a picture, pure happiness, bliss, my heart felt like it was about to burst with love for her.

“Shall we come to the cinema again Yiayia (Grandma)?” she asked me.

Yes my little darling, we shall, but never will it be like it was tonight.

Melina and I made a memory together, we will make many more.


The End
Photo courtesy of
Electra cinema Loutraki


Greeks in need....a need to be more tolerant

Greece;the birthplace of democracy
Greece;the birthplace of democracy.


Greece is going through some tough times right now; all Greeks are worried, afraid, and unsure of what the future holds.

It is sad to see people queuing at the ATM machines, sad to see people wondering if they will receive their pensions, afraid that maybe they have lost their hard-earned life savings.

I am so sorry to see my beloved Greece in such turmoil.

What saddens and scares me most of all though, is to see the wonderful  Greek people turning against each other, at a time when they really need to stand together.

I have seen friends, people that I thought knew better, educated people, young people, people who only recently were shouting about democracy, shouting out against racism, now “Unfriending” “Friends" from Facebook, drinking their frappe in another coffee shop because their usual place is frequented by “The Other Side”, because they have different opinions.

I am so disappointed in them, where is their PHILOTIMO where is their empathy, their compassion for their fellow countrymen?

  When it comes down to it, we are all in the same boat.

No single Greek political party, nor Europe alone, caused this downfall of Greece, we have all, every one of us, had a hand in it, by not paying the taxes that we should have, turning a blind eye when not offered a receipt in a shop, doing the odd job for cash in hand.

Each and every one of us has done it.

These narrow-minded people, turning against family and friends, are pleased, that because of the referendum, scheduled for this coming Sunday, people are showing "their true colours" meaning, they now know who votes for who, or, whether they will vote YES, or NO, and whether or not they should still say good morning on meeting them in the street.

I’ll let you into a secret, it is you who are showing your true colours, and it is sad, so very, very sad.

For those of you that don’t know the meaning of the word bigotry, here it is, and, this is you:

“Stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own. “

Synonyms:

Prejudice, bias, partiality, sectarianism, discrimination, unfairness, injustice, intolerance, fanaticism, dogmatism,racism.


Not nice is it?

Come on, you're better than that!

What Greece needs now, more than ever, is to be united.
We may not all have the same opinions, the same ideas, what  we do have  in common however, all of us, is Greece's best interests at heart.

Remember this:

Aesop’s The Four Oxen and the Lion





A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarreling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.

United we stand, divided we fall. 


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