My origin is from a small village in Thessalia, Gorgovites close by city of Karditsa.
Then, I grew up in the Ionian islands and Peloponnese, but used to visit the village every Easter or, sometimes during summer to see my relatives.
I still have memories of the old house when my granny used to bake in the stone oven and my granpa, a wounded man from the war, enjoying saying stories at the ‘hagiati’, the open yet sheltered area at the backyard of the house.
I guess most girls used to playing with dolls, but I had my summer gang to care for; I was training them to create wooden archs and arrows (I guess I learned through teaching).
I used to make pottery creations too, paint them, and such things like an ‘artisan’ , when not strolling in the fields to admire the plantations and the livestock.
Nature was so beautiful in cotton fields and by a small river
But as a teen I never went back. I’m sorry I had not even been in funerals of my grandparents. I can’t recall what happened to my traditional clothes too. Only some decorative things remain at home. My granma when had to let behind the traditional clothes following modern era said she felt nude. It was strange for her to keep her head without her scarf.
Wild youth may not evaluate much and I was capable to be thankful of being born in Thessalia, the land of silence and humble people, the land of mythical Centaurs. But I will talk to you for Thessalia some other time.
At the moment, I will share with you, the only cards from the village traditional society a century ago. Pardon the condition views.
Photographs: Replicate images personal collection.
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