guest post: lambros

Meet Lambros. My five year old friend.

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When I first met Lambros, he wouldn’t talk to me. He can be extremely shy in front of new people. But, like his mother said, he would be my best friend in 3 hours. I think it took us one. He’s very talkative; once he starts, he’ll interrogate you with thoughtful questions [beyond just your average “why?”]. He asks how things work and is very observant and aware of his surroundings. He’s incredibly smart [I told you he spoke three languages, right? he talks to his mother in German, his father in Greek, and English with me, all during one meal!] and what’s more, he’s so eager to share his knowledge, often ordering me to “Come!” and “Look!” at the world around him.

He’s cute, helpful, energetic, and very strong-willed. He can tell you the difference between a baby sunflower leaf and cucumber leaf. He can tell you how the crops faired last year and why some of them failed. When I was disappointed that I didn’t wrap grapes as fast as his mother, he reassures me that it’s because I’m not used to wrapping grapes, that one day I’ll be faster, and that today, it’s okay. He’ll also tell me another day that I’m washing water jugs much slower than his mother. [She was washing them outside with a hose and I had a sink! Come on! Jk :]

Anyway, here is his blog post. He would appreciate any comments that you have. I’ll read him your replies and you may or may not get a response :]

Ah. I also wanted to add that while we wrote this, he frequently stopped to think about what he wanted to talk about next. This is his thinking position: face down into the corner of the couch. Does he get any more adorable? Enjoy!

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Lambros. I’m playing with the dogs a lot. We are putting bags around the grapes. Oranges are not ripe yet. Olives are not growing well this year. Some are small, some are big. [later, when I repeat this, he will say he didn’t say this at all] The dogs bark a lot at night and they chase cats around. Figs are getting ripe. We have many ripe figs now. We have four dogs. Here is a picture of all the things I like [in order from left column down to right column down: watermelon [watermelon is his favorite, that’s why his arms are crossed], apple, tomato, potato, fig, and grape]

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We have the fan on for writing the email to you.

This picture, we took in the middle of my email writing.

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We put bags on the noshi pears and they are getting ripe and we picked already some. First they are green and then when they become ripe they are yellow. And there are some that have white spots. When they are ripe, they will have white spots, as white as this pillow.

Then we grow some tea that you maybe don’t know. We tried to grow ginger last year and we failed.

First we were an orange farm and now we don’t have so many because they didn’t grow well died and we cut them down. Now we juice a lot of oranges and we have many fields of orange juice and peach juice. And we have champagne that I can’t drink but [Stephanie] likes it a lot.

We go frequently to the sea. And we go to the hotel. The people at the reception is Gregoris and he is the nephew of my father. When my mother is there, she puts jewelry in a box and she sells things. Then she goes to the postman and she brings the jewelry for the people. I say this maybe because you will want to also come here to volunteer.

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5 responses to “guest post: lambros

  1. To Steph: I think of you often, everyday in fact, and hope you are doing well. I enjoy reading your blog posts…very entertaining! Take good care of yourself, and tell those Greek mosquitoes to “BACK OFF”!! ❤
    To Lambros: It was fun reading your post. You sure know a lot about crops and farming! I'm glad to hear that you and Steph have become good friends. She is very special…take good care of her!! 🙂

    • [from Lambros – though he was a bit too lazy to write a whole new email for you so everyone gets the same one!]

      Dear Matt’s Mom,

      Stephanie was processing pears and I helped washed pears and helped put them in the bowl. And then we came in again and then I processed pears again and now we are writing your email.

      I will give Stephanie some sun-dried leaves of tea so that every morning you can have some tea until it finishes. And sun-dried tomatoes. And some bread so that you can taste how our bread is.

      [side conversation: he says he’s writing so much emails to you so that you know about the farm]

      My favorite color is open green. And we have two black dogs. And Doggie is brown and white. And he’s very cute.

      My mother cooks.

      We’re wrapping grapes.

      I was cutting walnut trees.

      We have lots and lots of grapes and Stephanie wrapped most of the grapes. We have sneaky blackberries. And sneaky dogs. And sneaky insects. And we have figs. And cherries. And apples. And apricots. And peaches. And we had a tree full of peaches with so many peaches on it so that it fell. And this happened last year. And this year it is dead. Do you know how high it was? It was higher than this house. Do you know how many fruits it had? Three tons of fruit! Okay.

  2. Hi Lambros, Many thanks for being so nice to Stephanie. I am so glad that she has such a good friend like you in Greece. Please keep “ordering” her “Come!” and “Look!”, so that she will be able to learn the world around you and later share with us on her blogs. By the way, are there any age restrictions on volunteering on your farm? 🙂

    • [from Lambros – though he was a bit too lazy to write a whole new email for you so everyone gets the same one!]

      Dear Stephanie’s Mom,

      Stephanie was processing pears and I helped washed pears and helped put them in the bowl. And then we came in again and then I processed pears again and now we are writing your email.

      I will give Stephanie some sun-dried leaves of tea so that every morning you can have some tea until it finishes. And sun-dried tomatoes. And some bread so that you can taste how our bread is.

      [side conversation: he says he’s writing so much emails to you so that you know about the farm]

      My favorite color is open green. And we have two black dogs. And Doggie is brown and white. And he’s very cute.

      My mother cooks.

      We’re wrapping grapes.

      I was cutting walnut trees.

      We have lots and lots of grapes and Stephanie wrapped most of the grapes. We have sneaky blackberries. And sneaky dogs. And sneaky insects. And we have figs. And cherries. And apples. And apricots. And peaches. And we had a tree full of peaches with so many peaches on it so that it fell. And this happened last year. And this year it is dead. Do you know how high it was? It was higher than this house. Do you know how many fruits it had? Three tons of fruit! Okay.

      [he didn’t know what age restrictions meant -mom, use smaller words! he’s only five! but I explained it to him] I don’t know. I will go ask my mother. She says not really. The youngest girls were 17.

  3. Hi Lambros, Many thanks for your new e-mail and response to my question. I have to agree with Matt’s mom that “You sure know a lot about crops and farming!”!!!!!!! Thank you so very much for giving Stephanie sun-dried leaves of tea, sun-dried tomatoes and some bread. I can’t wait to taste them when she comes home!!! I would like to thank you once again for being so nice to Stephanie while she is away from us. Please take good care and keep us posted on the status of your farm. 🙂

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