Saturday, April 8, 2017

#AtoZChallenge 2017 G for - Goat, Grass, Green and Greece

On our way to my son's art class yesterday, I asked the kids for words beginning with G. M gave me a barrage of words. My son suggested Greece.

One adage I like, and believe in, is The grass is always greener on the other side.
We often look at people and situations different from our own, and assume that its all rosy and nice. But life would not even be half as interesting as it is now, without all these problems and challenges we face on a day to day basis. Like its being told to us time and again, through whatsapp, facebook and twitter posts - Every person is fighting his own battles. Every situation has its negative sides as well.

That reminds me of a story I read as a kid. An old man goes to a shop and buys sun glasses for himself. Green seems to give his tired eyes the much required coolness. He returns home and remembers that he has to feed the goat. He rakes up some grass from the barn which his pet refuses to eat as it has dried up a bit. After some thought, the old man removes his sunglasses and puts them on the goat . Whoa! The grass is now green and the animal starts munching away happily.

Now I am planning a rapid fire of sorts with what all comes to my mind when  I think of the words Greek and Greece

  • The Greek civilization of course and all my history teachers. 
  • Greek Gods and men with chiseled bodies getting compared to these folks
  • All the Greek God based Hollywood movies - the clashes and wraths of the Titans
  • The story of the Trojan war and Menelaus, Helen, Paris and Hector. The movie Troy
  • Pythagoras and Archimedes and all the other G(r)eeks with high functioning brains who concocted all those theorems that we had to painstakingly prove in Maths exams through Higher Secondary School.                                                             
  • Alpha, Beta,Gamma, kappa, delta, psi and all the other Greek alphabet letters, modern science is generously using
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Greek salad - I love that
  • The Olympics and Athens
  • References to earliest form of democracy 
  • αββµ∆∏βα∆∆ - Now that sounds like Greek to me!


  1. When I think of Greece I think of all the happy times I've had there, especially the bautiful town of Pythagoria. Guess who came from there! I'll be back there later this year.

    Another day in Amble Bay!

  2. I've never been to Greece, but I think of islands and clear skies and the sea... I'd love to see Santorini some time and perhaps pay a visit to Crete to see historical sites...

  3. Visiting Greece is on my bucket list. Santorini looks beautiful in pictures.


  4. I'd love to visit Greece one day. I have a degree in Religion and another in Theological Studies, so the first thing I always think of when it comes to all things Greek is the Koine Greek the Christian New Testament is written in. I've translated a good chunk of it for my degrees.

  5. Interesting story of the goat & grass & green sunglasses :)
    If we want our lawn's grass to look green with abundant green grass, then we need to do a lot of work!

  6. haha.. loved the goat analogy. I actually had never heard that one before :)

    And sigh... Greece was on my bucket list of laces to visit once upon a time... never got around to it.

  7. I'm so glad you didn't go with 'greed' or that sort of judgmental word!

  8. Hahaha! Goats, grass and green made for a fun read! Did you actually hear that one or did you just make it up for your post today? :P
    Happy AtoZing!
    Chicky @

  9. I liked that story of goat, grass and green glasses. Goody good!
    I love greek yoghurt and greek salad too.
    As part of my reading challenge, I'd be reading a book on Greek Mythology.

  10. Greece is on my list of places to visit and I love the greek tales too plus greek food is just delish!!

    Theme: Peregrination Chronicles (travel)
    G is for Grape Stomping in Bangalore #atozchallenge

  11. That was a good story and never heard of that. Perfect for the day.

  12. Love the glasses making the grass look edible to the goat :)

    Emily | AtoZ | My Life In Ecuador

  13. Greece is in my bucket list.
    I really hope to make it some day.
    Lovely write up
    A Peice Of My Life

  14. Very interesting. I would add one more. Greek government-debt crisis.

  15. Even though I've traveled a LOT I've never been to Greece!
    I've seen it in some Bollywood movies and seen pictures and it's definitely somewhere I'd LOVE to go!

    ~ Saraallie
    Sara Writes ~ The Crazy Life of a Silly Little Sister

  16. Greece has so much of history and mythology. Would love to visit it some day. Didn't know that story you have written. Quick thinking on the part of the old man.