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09 May 2014

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Hermes

We may disagree on many political issues but your articles on family and children are quite good. Keep it up.

Stavros

Hermes,

I am glad you still drop by MGO. Greeks disagree about politics all the time, it's a blessing and a curse. Even though we get on each other's nerves occassionally I think we also learn from each other. More importantly perhaps we make each other question the ideas we espouse. That's very Greek, too.

Ted

Stavros,
This was a moving post. I wish I could write something like this about my mother, too... but I can't. We learn much later in life how important it is for parents to be ... well... like your Mama. Mamas who elicit posts like yours are the true anchors in one's life. I wish her -- and you -- the best.

Stavros

Ted,

Everyone encounters obstacles in life and we are all flawed in some way. From what I know about you I think you would be the type of son any mother or father would be proud of. Forgiveness is difficult for all of us but absolutely essential for moving on with our lives.

drmom

Steve, I hope you print this out and send one of your sons over to read this to your mom! I think I need to consult her on techniques to get preschoolers to eat...especially 26 pound 4 year olds. Thanks for the pep talk on mothering! -Megan

Stavros

Meg, Ok, so she is going to weigh 105 lbs when she becomes an adult, just like her mother. Relax, you are doing a fantastic job and she will have the same kind of fond memories about her mother that I have about mine.

demetriakoutsoukos

Just brought so many tears to my eyes as Iread this.So true!!

Stavros

Deme,

I am thinking of her today which is Mother's day here in the US. I miss her terribly. Best wishes to you as well.

Kathy Konst

May her memory be eternal.... and thanks to your post, it will be for sure.
Kalianthe

Stavros

Kalianthe,

Thank you. Happy Mother's Day.

Lily Tsoni

I loved this writing. I also felt it. As a mom also of a boy, as I usually don't give up, as a... Greek mom (although I strongly believe that moms are... moms and they are over ethnicities, religions and anything else), any way I don't really know why, but I FELT any letter and meaning... I also cried while reading, but it was a very beautiful -if I can use this word- emotion... I wish to you your mom to be blessed by God and I wish to all mothers to have kids like you and be remembered by them in the same way and to kids to express their kind and beautiful feelings and emotions in a way like that you did... Thank for sharing...

Stavros

Na se kala Lily. Thank you for taking the time to write these words. They are much appreciated. I am reminded that even Christ worried about who would take care of His Mother while he was on the Cross. Best wishes to you and your son.

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