Could we have your potatoes?

July 13th, 2014, 3pm

Day 3 of the #100happydays challenge and I went for lunch with two girlfriends. The one wanted to have a salad but she was really jealous of the delicious looking potatoes the girl in the next table was having and who didn’t seem to care for them. So I asked, “Excuse me, I have a very hungry friend here. Could we maybe have your potatoes?” The girl laughed and said she didn’t like them and that yes, we could have them and would we want some ketchup too? We all laughed.

Asking for some stranger’s leftovers I think is something you can do without shame and get away with only in a country like Greece and this is one of the few things I like about my country and would miss if I were to live elsewhere. The girl even told me, “Respect for having the courage to ask. My boyfriend was craving the potatoes of the people sitting here before you, but he didn’t want us to ask for them.”

After we finished our lunch we went to a nearby cafe and we bumped into the same couple who were having their coffee, so I went up to them and said, “Could I have a sip of your coffee?” and we laughed. “Maybe we can tell you where we will be going next so you can drop by,” said the girl who had given us her potatoes and we laughed some more.

Life can be fun when you dare to “lose your footing momentarily,” like Kierkegaard said, and when you are armed with a sense of humour and a sense of the ridiculous.

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Maria Coveou

travel journalist, translator, freelance script supervisor for film & TV, film buff, lover of the written word and of music, blogger, vintage lover, '80s child, occasional flapper, Lindy hopper, traveler, thinker, dreamer, temporary alien []

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