Δεκέμβριος 24, 2008

Jingle bells

Posted in Άνεμοι κ Ύδατα στις 10:42 πμ από perissos

1st year I have kids singing jingle bells at my home. My own house.
Water has surely gone under the bridge.
I listened to them half covered in shaving foam (bad timing!).

A group of children in the metro are counting today’s income from jingle bells. They are headed to Petralona where one of them has an aunt and will «give us 5e». One of them is counting how many chewing gums it can buy. They are speaking a new greek albanian dialect: greek in normal mode, albanian when they want to speak fast.
Children are entering the wagon in every station. Ha! When We were their age, entering the metro for jingles was out of the question and now I hear children barely 12 planning where in the center has «big shops to say jingles».
A couple of african immigrants are having a husband-wife argument, speaking in their incomprehensible version of english. A guy is planning skiing holidays speaking loudly on the phone.
In Monastiraki an adult has a randez-vous with some children to collect jingle money. It’s probably their turn to provide income. The metro screens show a xmas decoration ball instead of the usual «love greece» videos. Some children tell jingles, one of them has a mobile phone with jingles music playing for acompagniamento. 2 other children are dressed as santa, an early branding/marketing effort.
Some amnesty intl volunteers are discussing how the system and the fear of losing material goods resembles the old fear of getting killed or receiving corporal punishment. A guy is wispering lyrics, eyes closed, immersed in the music in his earphones.

So, yes. Even though I am going late (again!) to the office, it is xmas eve! Mary Merry Marry xmas!

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