Greetings on a gray Sunday morning. I believe there is a chance it will
become a sunny day before long and urge us all to get out there with
enthusiasm and enjoy Nature’s gifts and our ability to welcome them.
One of the serendipitous outcomes of living in Atenas has been the
opportunity to befriend people from many other countries. I feel very
fortunate that our little town has attracted interesting people who are
outgoing and willing to live here. Atenas appears to satisfy their desire
to live a richer experience than the one-dimensional exposure provided
by the modern housing subdivisions that are cropping up everywhere,
including our little town.
We enjoyed a lovely evening with several of these good friends who we
had not seen in a long time. Our hosts were wonderful. The menu was
unique. The background music was discernible but not loud. The
seating arrangements and topics at dinner were conducive to lively
conversation. We used cloth napkins and our dessert was plated nicely
and eaten with tiny spoons that were over one hundred years old! Who
says proper manners don’t exist anymore?
At points during dinner, English, Spanish, German and French were
being spoken! Rather than feeling like I was in the wrong story, I
experienced the connection of being part of a group enjoying the
informal atmosphere of eating at home with friends. I sat back and
tried to absorb all the nuances of our get together. I was along for
a ride that brought me unexpected adventure and surprise and lots
of memories which will stay with me for some time to come. I hope
you have similar experiences in your life.
Have a wonderful day and a terrific week, Marietta
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