Hello friends 🙂
I hope everybody’s week started off great! Here in the UK Monday was a bank holiday due to Easter celebrations. It was nice to get a day off after a few very intense work weeks, and then just stay low and relax at home…
As most of you know – if not you can check it out here – my dad was visited us for a few
days last week for his 60th birthday. Well, what most of you don’t know is that my dad is a very private person and usually not a fan of anything related to him being online. So you can imagine my surprise when he wholeheartedly agreed when I asked if I could share his birthday adventures with all of you… Also, again as most of you know I have been living on my own abroad for (give or take) 10 years now, which made connecting with my family quite the task. So you are probably wondering where am I going with all that?
Well, my dad not only reads my blog 🙂 but he also put together a little post for all of you and asked me if I would like to publish it. Of course it is my honour to do so… And here it is, from @dad_taleoftworuns to all of you 🙂
VISITING ELLEN IN LONDON
An unbelievably beautiful trip, a gift from my beloved daughter for my 60th birthday, came to its conclusion with my return from London to the always noisy Athens. A journey that will always stand out as the best possible present, a huge breath of fresh air that helped me return to the bleakness and desperation that has become the norm in my home country, with a strength and resolve that up to now I thought long gone.
Dear friends, Tale of Two runs subscribers and Ellen’s fellow travelers:
I am a very proud parent. Seeing that my children, both Panos and Ellen are advancing in their respective fields, but even more so by the fact that they are both evolving, becoming not only caring and thoughtful people, but also getting the recognition they so rightfully deserve in today’s society. I got to see my daughter’s life, standing next to her after so many years that she’s been away living her life abroad. Got to see her where she studies, where she works, where she lives with her partner. Seen the way she strikes an unimaginable balance between her studies, her work and social obligations, her relationship and of course her training.
Her mature and rounded view of the world, her lust for knowledge, her constant aim to become an even better person and companion stood out, along with her belief and dedication to the athletic ideals. I was astonished and inspired by her calmness and the way she organizes every little aspect of her life.
During those days, the void that I felt from her absence all these years not only vanished, but my soul overflowed with pride. My little girl has grown so much, has fought so valiantly without wavering and is now a PhD student after receiving a grant from London’s King College.
But what does that mean for you, how is it relevant to the followers of my daughter’s adventures through this blog? Simply put, that the views, the stories you have subscribed to are not only unique, but truthful, real steps from a fellow traveler on the path for constant self-betterment. Experiences translated into words, inviting us all to be a part of that journey. Not only exciting our minds but helping us create and stand by our own goals, inspiring us to never give up but rise to the challenges ahead of us. Not a bad outcome while enjoying the …tales of Tale of Two Runs.
Do you need any other reason to follow her?
It felt amazing to know that my family thinks so highly of me and that over the years I’ve managed to make them proud. I know this is a little more personal than what I usually share but as life goes on this blog becomes a bigger part of me everyday….
Thank you all for your support 🙂 And thank you dad for your sweet words ❤