Friday, April 14, 2017

Notes from the Past Spur Memories and Conversation

While working with George, one of Hope's spiritual care staff noticed that he had very charming notes in his room. Although George couldn't explain exactly what they were, it seemed as though they might hold clues to the important people in his life. And, since it is often easier for people to recall long-term memories when prompted, these references might help provide new avenues of conversation.

The text of the nearly 100 year old notes was originally in Greek. Fortunately, Father Dean of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church was able to translate some passages so that we could ask George more about them!



To remember your happy marriage 
Dear brother and sister Evagela and Ifigenia, 
On the event of your happy marriage, we send our wishes. We wish your life to be full of flowers and sweetness, never finding it difficult, full of thanks, happiness and joy, and fresh flowers to surround your life. 
Your sisters, Avrakome, Sophia, Katina
11-20-1922

My dear children,
Evagela and Ifigenia 
On the event of your marriage, accept my motherly and heartfelt wishes. The jasmines and the laurels, lilies, and myrtles I send, and I shower you with wishes. And my wishes are - to have joy in your hearts and the smile never to leave your cheerful lips. 
Your mother, Eleni

To my dear brother and sister,
I do not have flowers to send to you. So to shower you with happiness, instead I send my wishes from the depths of my heart. I wish you long life, for you to never face grief, sorrows and tears, and for the joy in your life to always increase. 
Meleaas