When I arrive home, I shall have a feast to celebrate my return. First, we shall have an appetizer of Horiatiki Salad to start off with. To drink we will have an assortment of wines from the best grapes around. We will have white, red and every wine one could think of. After that, we shall have bread. We shall have large pieces of bread at every table that may be dipped in the finest of olive oils. Then we will have lots and lots of feta cheese to eat with the meal. Then we have lots of fish, squid and octupus. Then, for the main meal we shall have a whole lamb which will be roasted on a spit. After that, we shall have dessert. The dessert will be all kinds of amigdelota (almond cookies). That would be the feast that I will have when I return.
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A Dog Sits Waiting
By Kathy Flod
A dog sits waiting in the cold autumn sun.
Too faithful to leave, too frightened to run.
He’s been here for days now with nothing to do
But sit by the road, waiting for you.
He can’t understand why you left him that day.
He thought you and he were stopping to play.
He’s sure you’ll come back, and that’s why he stays.
How long will he suffer? How many more days?
His legs have grown weak, his throat’s parched and dry.
He’s sick now from hunger and falls, with a sigh.
He lays down his head and closes his eyes,
I wish you could see how a waiting dogs dies.
To take back my kingdom I, Odysseus, must make a strategy to kick the suitors out. The only way this is to be done is by force. I must sneak in and attack when they’re sleeping, forcing them to retreat out of my city. My plan is to attack right when the sun sets, sneaking into there chambers and pouncing on them like a wild animal. The element of surprise is on my side and it will scare them right to back to there own homes. I am trying to take back my kingdom from the scroundrels and I just want to get them out, not so much kill them all. If I have to I will slay all the suitors, but that is not in the plans.
Assisting me with my plan, Telemachus and Eumaeus will accoumpany me. All of us will have a sword and a spear to aid us. We will all attack the same time, Telemachus and Eumaeus from the sides and me from the back. A sign from the gods, two doves flying side by side, will show me the time to attack. It has been to long since I have been home in Ithaca with my wife and son and now is the time to swoop in and take back my kingdom. Force has always worked in the past like when we fought with the Trojans thus it shall work now. I just pray everything will work out and I will have my kingdom of Ithaca back and live the rest of my life with my family and friends.
Hospitality means welcoming strangers into your home or land. I expect anyone coming to my homeland of Ithaca to be treated in the greatest of respects. Ithaca is proud to be hospitatable people and would welcome any stranger far and wide. When a stranger comes, I treat them like one of my own; I feed, give shelter and give the greateset of respect. I think that everyone should have good hospitality as my home of Ithaca.
Throughout my journey, I have received a lot of welcoming host with good hospitality. It meant a lot to receive the hospitality that I did. I expect when I or anyone else come to an unknown land to be treated with welcoming arms because everyone needs help sometime in there life. I experienced first hand that I was the one in need thus it really showed me how hospitality is important. I alreadly treated strangers coming to my homeland with great hospitality, but now since I was the stranger and know what its like I will give them the greatest respect and shall see it everyone in Ithaca have the greatest hospitality. I think everyone should give and receive hospitality making the world work. People need to be helpful to one another or we’ll end up always in wars. That’s my view on hospitality.
“But follow me, old man, into the lodge; so that you too, when satisfied with food and drink, may tell where you arecome from and what troubles you have borne.” p.133 Eumaeus
“Stranger, may Zeus and the other deathless gods grant you all most desire for treating me so kindly!” p. 133 Odysseus
“Friend, since you are the first I find within this land, I bid you welcome, and hope you come with no ill-will.” p.127 Odysseus
“Best make the stranger welcome while he stays, and speed him when he wishes.” p. 143 Menelaus
“Telemachus, though you stay long, I still will entertain him; no lack of welcome shall there be.” p. 152 Peiraeus
Patiently waiting for her love Odysseus
Expecting happiness with her husbands return
Never loses hope
Enchanting with beauty
Loving wife and mother
Outstandingly proud of her son
Pleased with her husband
Eagerly waiting for Odysseus to return home
Odysseus here, with news of a slight chance of returning home. In finding my way home, I need some guidance to help me. There are nine muses in existance which are the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. They are the muses of literature and the arts and are muses over comedy, history, epic, lyric, sacred, tradegy, choral dance and song, astronomy, and love. I must pick a muse which will help me return home, yet picking one is a tough choice. I must leave my fate into Erato’s hands, the muse of love poetry. My entire journey is venturing into unknown lands to find a way to return home to the love of my life, Penelope. Without love, one is nothing, one goes nowhere. Accomplishing impossible tasks seem easy when you have someone to win them for. I rely on my muse to help me return home to my Penelope.
One will be lost without love in one’s life. My love is Penelope, so praying to the muse Erato is what I shall need. I need remindance of who my passion is for. One can’t fight to return home without something to return to. I have been through so much from being in the famous Trojan War to being thrashed around in the ocean by the mighty Poseidon. Some forget their love when going through catastrophes, but love comes first.
How can one fight without someone/something to fight for? I am counting on my passion to return home to my Penelope and the muse Erato to help me return to Ithaca. She has been with me for as long as I have been with Penelope and hasn’t let me down yet. I thrive on love so without it I am useless. I hope Erato doesn’t let me down.
The journey home will be hard and so far there has been a few distractions in my way. Poseidon is plotting against me and won’t allow me to return home. I have been lost and came acrossed an island. Here the goddess Calypso has forced me to stay with her for she is in love with me. Zeus ordered that I be released so I can return home to my Penelope. Poseidon has learned of the gods going against him and created a storm on which to destroy me and my ship, but the gods intervened again. I long to return home and hope the rest of my jounrney home will be safe and I can see my love Penelope again.