Signboards in Greek immigrants' shops.
Source: From the book "What time has not erased" by Michalis Mouratidis, Toronto 2016.
Ιt’s, well... the... my motivation
An audio excerpt on solidarity, which is representative of mixing Greek with
English in the language of immigrants.
A.D.: My motivation? I would like to help whenever I
can with my knowledge. Whatever knowledge I have. I like to transmit it. I
want to give it to my children and my grandchildren too. And my children ...
so far... I'm very lucky. They are married here too, here in Ottawa, but they
are very much involved in the Community and the Church. My daughter is... the
one... is ...the organist in the choir. Or... my... my one brother-in-law
is... he is singing with me. I have... my grandchildren, the same thing.
That's all. It is, then ... my... motivation is life. People have to help one
another. And when I see... that help is needed somewhere, I like to... take
part. Yeah... I am... in ... in the AHEPANS. I'm in the Daughters of Penelope.
I was... I have turned out to be… and I have become Canadian President of the
Daughters of Penelope all the way to Washington over there... Ah... I have...
like I said. I do not like sitting and idling. I like to help where I can. If,
for example, Goodwill... needs help, I can go there immediately. The same
applies to the Community.