A woman reports that she married a Canadian and comments on her mother’s
Res.: Alright. Your husband isn’t Greek.
P.P.: No. Res.: Yes.
P.P.: He’s Canadian.
Res.: Was this a simple thing for you, or did the
family have any objections…
P.P.: Ah, I don’t know. Mum, as soon as I finished
junior high, had told me that
a couple Greek women had come over here and they had made a proposal to mum to
marry, to marry me off to
their brother. Res.: Yes. P.P.:
Either A or B. It’s alright.
But mum said that I was eighteen years old. Mum said “No, Panagiota must go to
University”. And these women
told her “If you let Panagiota go to University, you’re going to lose her”.
And mum it seems wouldn’t believe
it, because Panagiota was a good girl, but in the end all of us, myself,
Kostas my brother, Euthymios, Makis,
and Maria, we all married foreigners. My sister Eleutheria married a Greek.
And mum said it many times “I came
over here in Canada and I lost my family”. She used to say it, let’s say, not
that seriously, but she did. It means
it bothered her somewhat. Res.: With your husband how
did you deal with the family? It was a
family… wasn’t it difficult? Was your husband an Anglican?
Res.: It was a family which was in both Churches, or
only in the Anglican one?
P.P.: Oh, no. My husband is a Catholic. So, as soon as
we got married, we got married at the Catholic church.