an ode to my friend: Panagiotis

4 Apr

It was September 1989. I had left the most wonderful friends and memories from my primary school years behind and was ‘forced’ to start fresh in this new, terrifyingly huge, at times unwelcome new school. I was overwhelmed and excited at the same time.

A month had passed and I was slowly adapting to the new environment. Then, one day I witnessed a shy boy (or so I thought at the time) do an impersonation of our English (drama queen) teacher. It was perfect. I started laughing and laughing and laughing and I couldn’t stop. That was it. I was hooked. This was the start of a beautiful friendship (cheesy but true).


back then: Panagiotis and Charlie

Panagiotis is the definition of my best friend. We have been through fat & thin (well, this is a German expression which obviously sounds sooooo much better in German). We would meet up at my house and watch 3,536 times Naked Gun 1, 2 1/2, 33 1/3 and so on. We knew all lines by heart. He became my blood brother and I became his blood sister (totally influenced by the movie ‘my girl’). 

When we were 16, his parents invited me along a 4 day trip to Monemvasia. One of the best trips ever. Let me share two very vivid memories from that trip:

1) His father handed me a copy of the book ‘The Bridges over Madison County’ in an attempt to get me off the tetris frenzy I was on on one of those lame copy cat Nintendo like pocket size video games. Needless to say, I finished the book in 3 days and was embarrassingly sobbing like crazy (I think I saw regret in his eyes, he might have preferred the zoned out version of me after all).

2) I cooked spaghetti with a tomato sauce where I had mistakenly used hot pepper instead of sweet paprika. Panagiotis urged his cousin to eat 3 plates without giving me up while I was begging him to stop at plate no 1 (I wonder If I permanently damaged his taste buds).

Panagiotis has this rare quality (amongst other) of having THE PERFECT sense of humor. He can be funny and awkward and serious at the same time. He can find humor in even the strangest, darkest and unfriendliest moments in life.

He has been my best friend for 24 years and he is the godfather to my daughter Iliana. So now, he is practically FAMILY.


Panagiotis at Iliana’s christening

Until next time



10 Responses to “an ode to my friend: Panagiotis”

  1. Daphne April 4, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    a beautiful ode to Panagiotis Tatu! love it! (I can’t believe the first picture of him, he looks soo young!)

  2. sakuraandme April 4, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    One word…CUTE! 🙂 lol hugs xxxxx

  3. ramblingsfromamum April 4, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    To have a friendship for this length of time is rare indeed, to have a male friendship when married to another is even more so. The Bridges over Maddison Country – one of my favourite movies. I love it and though I never played Tetris…I think I would take watching the movie or reading the book any day. A lovely tribute and post to a long life friend. xx

    • wonderlandbytatu April 5, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      when N. met P. they instantly clicked. Now P. is amongst N.’s best friends as well, that is the beauty of it. My kids are both crazy about him so he is a WIN WIN for this family! thank you for your kind words MM xxx

  4. April 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Funny story about the book.
    I think sense of humor is one of the most important in forming a friendship. It is great you two can laugh together.

    • wonderlandbytatu April 5, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      I think sense of humor is one of the MOST important aspects of ANY relationship (friends, spouses, co workers, fellow bloggers-hint,hint,hint).

  5. meditatingmummy April 8, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    Oh my gosh Tatu, what a wonderful friend you have there. A sense of humor is a must for me, of you can make light of any situation, you have to be in my inner circle, or at least that’s how my friends are. Such a great post.
    By the way, I love Tetris and I remember when I got hooked on to it, I used to borrow my cousin’s Nintendo game thingy and play it whenever I could. It was fun, I didn’t have my own, I read a lot, a bit of a nerd, now, however, I have downloaded Tetris and every now and then play it for fun 🙂

    • wonderlandbytatu April 8, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      well, I was a total video game junkie (maybe because I never had any at home). My favorite were Tetris & Bubble Bubble!! yes, I feel very fortunate for having Panagiotis in my life. xxx

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