Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Changing of the Guard: Goodbye Θωμά

On May 11, 2015, the patriarch of Margariti's Katsiotas Family, my father-in-law Tomas, passed away and left his children to carry on. In the days that follow, there may be patches of blue sky as the black clouds finally begin to part, but emotions other than those we had expected, may also surface.

Tomas was a bit of a prickly pear: difficult to get near or to touch, but whose tough outer skin quite possibly might have been protecting the sweetness inside. 

And with his death, I find myself wondering about his life.

While I was writing The Nifi, I tried to get his perspective on some of the events that Chevi was describing to me, but Tomas didn't seem to want to share the past. His answers were short and vague. There must have been a reason for his rough nature, but he offered very few clues as to what it might have been. I suspect though, there may be some pieces of his past that could support the memory of his life.

Tomas was a survivor.