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03 September 2013



What a lovely family. They are surly proud to have you as their grandfather. I wish you to indeed see them as they grow and build their families and develop in live.

All the best,




This gaggle of kids includes my own, the little boy in the red shirt who is now 20 and the one second from right who is 24. The rest are my sister's children and those of two 1st cousins. One just got married last week and we have two more weddings scheduled in the near future. I look forward to becoming a grandfather but I'm not one yet. :) We are praying that peace will prevail in your part of the world. May God have mercy on us all so our children and our grandchildren can live in peace.


Το κείμενο αυτό είναι πολύ όμορφο. Εγώ έχω μεταφραστεί στα γαλλικά και θα είναι στο blog μου ( 15 Σεπτεμβρίου, 2013

hypodiakon Claude ( Lopez-Ginisty)

C'est à présent la saison où tous les petits enfants qui avaient l'habitude de jouer dans notre cour se marient et commencent une nouvelle vie. Ils ont trouvé l'amour dans les bras de quelqu'un d'autre. C'est la vie, un cercle pour nous tous. Les années passent et tout change, que nous le voulions ou non.

Dans les photographies jaunies, nous voyons leurs sourires et nous nous rappelons une autre saison. Celle dans laquelle nous avons entendu la voix de leurs enfants, rire et parfois pleurer. Quand ils tombaient, nous les ramassions et les embrassions et tout allait bien à nouveau.

Finalement, chacun de nous a son propre chemin dans la vie. Peu importe à quelle distance ces enfants sont de nous, cependant ils vivront en nous jusqu'à notre dernier instant dans ce monde, proche de nous dans une petite maison que nous avons construite pour eux dans nos cœurs.

Pour chacun d'eux… Que votre chemin soit long et droit, une vie pleine de bonheur et d'amour. Et si Dieu le veut, que nous puissions tenir vos enfants dans nos bras, comme un jour, il y a longtemps, nous avons tenu chacun d'entre vous dans les nôtres.

Version française Claude Lopez-Ginisty
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Merci beaucoup, Claude. In my youth I tried to learn some French outside of school, impressed by its beauty, but sadly, never put the required effort into it. I will try again by starting with your transition. I know of your blog and have linked to it finally. Something I should have done a long time ago.

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  • Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what you're destined for. But don't hurry the journey at all. Better if it lasts for years, so you're old by the time you reach the island, wealthy with all you've gained on the way, not expecting Ithaka to make you rich. Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey. Without her you wouldn't have set out. She has nothing left to give you now. And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you. Wise as you will have become, so full of experience, you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean. C. P. Cavafy


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