This was a weird week with a lot to smile about. I finished my big music project! Big smile there. The weather is getting warm and today will feel like early May instead of early March. Oh there is so much else, but I think I want to talk about yiayiades. What? Yes, you heard right, I want to talk about Greek Grandmothers.
Yesterday I read an article on the BBC web site that was part of their International Women’s Day celebration. The article featured a few pictures from around the world. The pictures were followed by commentary on what each picture says about the attitude towards women in the country where it was taken. My favorite picture was of the three Greek grandmothers on the island of Lesbos taking care of a baby. The baby’s mother was a Syrian refugee who was struggling to survive. The ladies didn’t care about religion or politics, they saw a fellow human in need and helped her out.
Greece, a relatively poor country that has been struggling with a huge downturn, is at the point of the flood of refugees entering Europe. They don’t have the resources to take care of themselves, and yet they now have hundreds of thousands of people entering their country who have even less. And do you know what? The Greek people, some of who just a few years ago seemed to support a highly xenophobic agenda, have, for the most part, responded to this human tragedy with warmth an compassion. And at the front of this struggle to help those who have lost everything are the Grandmothers.
Many in Greece are proud of their grandmothers, and with very good reason. And the lady in the picture who is holding the baby, along with two other normal people who have helped the refugees, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. They might not stand a chance, but I hope they get it. It is the common people who show compassion in their own modest ways that change the world. And in this world were the downtrodden are so often vilified, where fear and hate dictates most people’s response to the refugees, those who show sympathy for a fellow human deserve a huge amount of credit.
So that is why my smile this week is dedicated to yiayiades, Greek Grandmothers.
What did you smile about?
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