September 24, 2005 @ 11:41 pm by sean
Today is officially 5 weeks and one day after I arrived in Elgin, and the first time I put gasoline in my car. Heck yea.
Ryan and Elise are married now. I don’t think I took the wedding as
serious and important and respectful as I should’ve. Regrets already.
Anyone want to cut my hair for cheap?
America, you’ve just been redeemed for the moment, by way of Greece.
Christina and I were supposed to hang out tonight, but she felt ill so
she cancelled. I had Art History homework to do, on ancient Greece
conveniently, so I thought I’d head over to Cafe Filippi. I got there
and Ilene(sp?) recognized me from school and she took my order. While
her daughter was making my salad, Ilene and I talked about the olive
tree in the cafe, how business was, usual small talk. I got my drink
and salad and did my reading. I was the only customer for a while. Then
an older couple walks in who Ilene knew somehow, and they greeted,
spoke in Greek to the male, English to the wife, then Ilene says to me,
You’ve got to here this. So I go over to them, and it turns out this
guy is a olive tree farmer from Crete. (where the Minoan civilization 2600-1400 BC
was with the huge Knossos palace, for those in/previously in art
history). So he tells us about the tree. It looks healthy, is from the
mainland like Ilene because the leaf is wider than those on Crete. He
is going back to Crete in a month for the harvest. Then I go back to my
reading. I got done around 9:30 I would suppose, about the time she
would close on a Saturday. As I left I went to the table where all four
were sitting (Ilene, her daughter, and the couple) to give my farewells and we proceeded to
talk. And it was faaaaaaaaantastic. We talked about Greece a lot, and
about olive trees and olive oil a lot, and mostly about stuff
pertaining to things Greek, but it was sooo interesting and infinately
enjoyable. Eventually I needed to leave, and I got in my car and it was
10:20. Cafe Filippi may not look ‘right’ or be in the ‘right’ location,
but everything else is wonderful. It’s like a dream come true. What a
day. What a fantastic day. Fantastic days aren’t necessary to know how
great God is, but it is as obvious as a kick in the groin when it is
Included in that American redemption is Denison Witmer and car rides
with Kevin and Jason and Mandy Renaud and the events that transpired at
their place and Nathan. So far this has been kind of redeeming-America-weekend.