Weekly Smile Week 10 #weeklysmile

 

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

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.

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Photo taken off of BBC website

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?

If you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.

So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the linky (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!

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25 thoughts on “Weekly Smile Week 10 #weeklysmile

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is very cool. Actually, though, it is just the lady (grandma) holding the baby and some others around the island, like a fisherman who saved a boat load of people from drowning. But the grandma was included!

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  3. Master of Something Yet

    This is such a wonderful example of something to smile about. We so often hear the rhetoric of politicians who are chasing their own agendas or the narrow-minded minority shouting their racist views and it can be hard not to despair. But in the midst of all that are normal people like these grandmothers doing ordinary things in extraordinary circumstances. Thanks for sharing their story.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Have you been listening to Trump down there in Oz? I know, there are some of the same arguments from politicians down there about your refugee problem.

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  4. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    Those Greek Grandmothers are fabulous and I too hope they get the Nobel prize. If only we all felt as those grandmas that here is a Mum in need, a baby in distress, a society that has been bombed out of their homes and extend our hands and our hearts to assist. A great smile Trent.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The media and the politicians need us to be afraid and so they point at groups of people. Of course we then blame the victims and lump them into the people who actually did the violence. I’m talking mostly the US, I know it isn’t that simple in Europe with floods of people coming in. I know you have a different refugee problem in Australia and I don’t know the ins and outs of that one, but I do know that the people trying to make there are desperate. A person in need is a person in need. We need to help first, ask questions later.

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  5. Nancy

    I’m in love with those wonderful Grandmothers! The photo itself is so expressive. I can just hear them arguing with each other about the best way to feed that baby. Thanks for the smile.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Reading about some of these people does make me want to do more. One thing, of course, people like the ones in the BBC story didn’t go out looking to help people, people came looking for help and they were there. Although it is noble to go looking to do good deeds in the world, sometimes what we really should do is open our eyes to those around us and make sure we are there for them.

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  8. Lori Ono

    I like your graphic for the Weekly Smile.

    it’s a great project and I’m glad that I read this post. Perhaps this post is my weekly smile? It might also be that video of the border collies that hug each other.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. It has been a fun project. The participation has been pretty light, but hopefully more people will join. If you do want make one of your posts “officially” your smile for the week, just add it to the link up. Yeah, so far mine is the only one there, but hopefully that will change soon. We typically get about 8 or 9 each week and a couple of times there were over a dozen links.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I haven’t been to Greece yet, but really want to go – I love seeing history when I travel and there is so much there!

      As far as in the Reader – until I saw you on another posts a few weeks ago I haven’t seen you since M-R disappeared. I think it must have been that long ago that WP decided we didn’t need to follow each other.

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      1. nonsmokingladybug

        I learned in school about the Greek empire and the Greek mythology. I wanted to visit the country so badly, it wasn’t that far away from where I was born and raised. I fell in love..head over heels. Beautiful country, wonderful people and don’t get me started at the food. You would love it.

        Well, WP didn’t have a clue -surprise :-)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I enjoy Greek Myths and History, but the closest I’ve been is Italy. Of course, on Sicily I did see some great Greek ruins. And I’m sure the food is great. So many places in the world to see, so little time….

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