Sometimes complete strangers live parallel lives. On one hand, we have got Peter’s story, who was born and raised in Kos like all of his anchestors. The scattered tower mills on the island of Kos are one of its characteristics.One of them,in which Peter’s father passed away, belongs to his family. He was such a smiley and fun-loving man,that the grief of the bereaved family and friends seemed to be without limit.
For those who don’t know me, I love making documentary films. I enjoy travelling around the world and filming while getting to make new friends. Whenever I undertake a wedding ceremony and get the chance, I love exploring the place I have been invited in. By doing so in one of my trips, I somehow met two wonderful elderly people who had never left their island before, and I sat down to talk to them. So I learnt their story, which I won’t tell you, but I hope I will make you feel what I felt even a little bit by watching the video I made. In a few words, they live in, as they like to call, a small house, their children live far and they haven’t seen them for many years.
Listening to them makes me think of Peter and Anna’s lives. Some people would give anything to see their beloved ones for one more time. Parents seem to be the ones grafting to raise and give their kids a decent life.Since our first breath they have always been present in our lives, so it’s hard to contemplate life without them. Make them happy is too simple. A hug and telling them how much we love them is all they need,as Peter told me in the film. The people standing next to us will not be there forever, so don’t take anything for granted. We should tell them how much we love them before it’s too late. Something simple like a hug, it’s an act of love that we all need, let alone our parents.
Having heard their story and their pain while trying to offer me whatever food they had laid on their table, and by having received so much love,΄giagia΄ told me before I leave while giving me watermelons and melons; ‘ Son, whenever you are around again and granted we are still alive, don’t forget us and pass by to say hello!’
That’s everything to me.
ANNA & PETER