Two days ago it was my mother’s name day, the St Barbara day, which is celebrated by many Christian churches. I called her to wish her for the day, as ‘name days’ in the Greek culture are more important than birthdays.

I think I’ve never heard my mother being so happy. She was blurbing, she was making jokes, her voice was dancing left and right. And it wasn’t because of the name day, no. It was because she’s close to freedom. A freedom that she didn’t enjoy for 35 years now. Close to life itself.

My parents filed for divorce last month. Hopefully, the divorce will get finalized this coming May.

I am happy for both of them, and I only wish it had happened much, much sooner.


Phil wrote on December 5th, 2007 at 11:25 PM PST:

How prevalent is divorce in Greek society ? I found my own relatives’ divorce in the UK a pretty unpleasant experience …

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Eugenia wrote on December 5th, 2007 at 11:40 PM PST:

Not many people divorce in the Greek society. Much-much smaller percentage than in the US for example.

But I see my folks’ divorce as a blessing personally.

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