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Watermelon and cheese

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every night when we are in my mom's village of june my grandpa closes his convenient store at 9 pm. Usually one of my uncles is there and goes to pick him up. when he gets back we all sit at the dinner table together and enjoy a plate of watermelon and cheese, with pita bread of course. This was a strange concept to me when I first saw him doing it 7 years ago. But this trip i decided to try it, and wow is it good! The tastes mingle together just fine. :)

But this post is more about my grandparents than the food they eat. My grandpa is 78 years old and has lived through a lot. He remembers the Germans bombing the shores of Lebanon (cause the French occupied Lebanon at that time). He is full of wisdom and loves to share his thoughts with us. He is very quite and doesn't hear well, so he has a lot of time to think. Usually when he speaks it is with caution, but always truthful. He is not a fan of lieing, but more than that, he believes in telling the truth (which is different).

My grandma is also pretty old...And she is a lot more eccentric. She spends most of her day in the garden or cleaning the house. The garden is her livelihood. This isn't just a pretty garden of flowers, but a real garden with fruits and vegetables. Everything has a purpose, even if it is medicinal. And all she talks about is her garden. It's not always interesting or fun, but I love hearing talk about it because I hear the joy in her voice when she talks about it. She comes alive and that is cool. She is also very religious and devout in her religion.

That is just a little tribute/tidbit about my grandparents. I don't know why I felt like I wanted to write about i, but I did. They are great people who love me and Synthia very much. I was sad to say bye to them a few days ago, but hopefully we will be able to see them again. When we are here I feel like they are so alive and happy. They have nothing to do in their village but work the convenient store and garden. But I am glad to come every so often and give them a little joy. Only a couple days now. Almost home.

serge

Posted by serj n syn 01:29 Archived in Lebanon

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