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05 March 2013

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petroskar

yiasou stavro,
very well said and written.you
may live to be 100.
me agapi,
petros

Istvan

Thank you for bringing a few overdue
teardrops into my eyes.
My best wishes to you Stavros
and your family.

Istvan

Stavros

Ela Petro and Istvan,

Welcome back, it really is good to hear from you both. Like old times!
I think it must be Zambetas' bouzouki more than anything I write but thank you just the same.

100 years old? God forbid :)

Stavros

Marios

Ela Stavro, as always a very mooving article on memories and how we are guided and moved by the things and events that we most cherrish, I too find myself consummed by childhood events, and memories. Who can forget long hot summers, the aroma of pines and eucalyptus in early evenings, the walks on the seafront, souvlaki, ice-cream, baklava.., also the hardships our parents endured to bring us up,the games we played, the schools we attended, the friends and family we no longer see, the intercommunal troubles, the dreams and aspirations of a Nation, an earlylife in a Cyprus which has long, long gone, it is good to hear Zambetas, one of the greatest of our musicians.

Stavros

It's too bad youth is always wasted on the young. We are lucky to have had these precious memories to look back on. I hope that the youngsters who know us will also be able to remember us fondly in their own memories.

My wish for us all is that our memories may always be sweet and bring a smile to our lips.

Istvan

Dear Stavros
My tears came not only from listening to Zambetas' soothing
bouzouki play but after having been contemplating on your words Maria Callas' wonderful voice reminded me no matter how hard I try to embrace him my eldest son seems to slip away from my arms
I'm very glad your book is coming true!
Can't wait to have a copy in my hands.
Sincerely
Istvan

Stavros

Istvan,

They all grow up, wanting to spread their wings to fly. We must let them, no matter how it hurts, for to do otherwise would be selfish on our part. They will keep you always in their heart as you keep them in yours because you are part of them and they are part of you.

Best wishes to you both.

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