I left home early, bathed in the new day’s caress; it’s not just my impression that last night’s frayed ends took along with them the pains experienced in recent times… Today’s tea at Mika’s required of me to re-invent my feminine side, which I’d forgotten in the routine of a mundane, intensive daily life -the get-together turned into a powerful love affair!

As fast as I could, I put together savouries and sweets -today, besides my presence, my girlfriend also hungered for my care.

The roads easily led me southwards; something inside me shivered as I looked towards the sea -dozens of images from Lefkada dangerously numbed my brain, a liquid nostalgia filling me…

I was welcomed by a festive home; everything fit masterfully on the big table: Croissants from Thanassis, Nicolas’s tiny burgers, grandmother’s pastafrola, the carrot cakes, the lemon pie, the chocolate mosaic and Sissy’s Mexican rolls.

They were the ideal complement to the girlfriends’ wonderful teas and hot coffee, our small and big stories, descriptions of our lives, their fullnesses and emptinesses, our expectations and dead-ends.

It was emotional seeing them again after so many years; it was exciting for me to realize that the future found us all with the polish of wisdom and maturity!

Women of substance spreading their intellect and glow, their passion and their depth in between mouthfuls and honest words that playfully brought together decade-long segments, all within a few hours of laughter and joy, in such a magical way…

The power released by a meeting of intense female beings is breathtaking – all of us winners despite the wounds we are carrying.

With a wisdom gained in a unique manner, an extroversion born of life’s frustrations, a self-sarcasm that annihilates vanity and throws sadness out the window…

At the end of the day, yes, we have two lives. The life we learn with and the life we live after that…

We saw everything clearly today; each one in the each other’s life… And we wallowed in the warmth of this discovery together.