The Journey

Yayia

[Grandmother]

What's wrong? Have you changed your mind about going?

Pambos

No. I just...I just feel that slowly I am forgetting mama and when I go to England she's probably going to become even more distant.

Yayia

Pambo mou ('my Pambos') you can never forget your mother. She is in you. She is part of you. Every time I see you smile I see her.

Pambos 

I can't even remember if she was pretty.

Yayia 

God was kind to your mother. She was beautiful. But if she had the beauty of ten women she had the heart of a hundred. Grown men wept in the streets when they heard the Almighty had called her to be by His side. Now I want you to take these things with you for your journey.

Pambos

[Shuffling noise as Pambos looks in the bag]

Yayia, they have food on the boat to England. What's this small bottle?

Yayia

The food is for you, it is a long journey. Save your money.
The small bottle is for your children.

Pambos
[Interrupts]

Yayia. I'm not going to have....

Yayia
[Interrupts, annoyed]

The children will come! And when they do, you are to bless them with olive oil from your mother's own land.

Pambos

Yayia...

Yayia
[Emotional]

This is important Pambo mou. I do not know if I will be here to see them but the children must be linked to this land! Promise you will do this for me and your parents. Promise!

Pambos

I promise yayia.