So, today is International Woman’s Day – something I’d never heard of before until I came to live in Cyprus in 2004.
The very first week we arrived we were shopping in Andreas Charalambous electrical store for a drinks fridge to keep us going until our household goods reached Limassol Port from our UK shipment.
As we were leaving after not purchasing anything, I was suddenly presented with a flower and the words “Happy Woman’s Day”. Somewhat puzzled by this we left the shop feeling a little bewildered.
Eventually, we realised this was the “norm” and numerous Woman’s Days have come and gone since then. One year whilst doing some “temp” work on the SBA at Episkopi garrison all of the ladies were presented with a pair of silver earrings and a lilac rucksack from InterServe.
That would have been around 2008 and since then, Woman’s Day has been forgotten – until today…..
This afternoon Cezar, one of the young men who works in our multilingual support department popped into our office bearing an assortment of single roses which he promptly handed out to us “ladies”. It was a lovely surprise and a very nice gesture from this well liked young man. He did of course demand payment by way of a kiss 😉
So this article is dedicated to Cezar Veres and his roses, with thanks!
What better than to receive the gift of a flower from a man who is neither your husband nor your partner?