Viewport width =
August 12, 2019 | by  | in Pasifika Student Council | [ssba]

Nostos Algos

For me, it’s Nana’s pancakes, thin and oiled well. That distinct moth-y smell of her closet and scary wallpaper. Movies from DVD cases after careful selection made on a heavily stained carpet video store. The “All That” Nick. The tingling between my shoulders from being wrapped in a tight cocoon of cheap Chinese mink blankets. The siren bikes along Swanson Road. The dirty plastic bakery tassels that greet and bid you farewell. 


It’s the glow of 5 p.m., that’s the colour of recollection. 


Defined as a sense of longing or yearning for the past, ‘nostalgia’ derives from two Greek words: Nostos which means ‘homecoming’, and Algos meaning ‘pain’. I also read somewhere that one can become seriously ill from missing home. Passing the halfway mark of the year, I feel like that volleyball Wilson, adrift in this thick swell of missing home. Ironically, I miss all the things I used to complain about. Blasting radios from grey skylines with red headlights became Café Polo coffee cups, clinging in satisfaction against their ceramic saucers (mean cookies, though). I’ll forever miss video store trips. I miss waiting to be squashed on the 4:30 p.m. Henderson to Massey bus. I even miss the little grumpy lady who drove it. 


However, without moving I would’ve stayed unchallenged and stationary. I know that without these nostalgic hues that surrounded this confused little girl, who simultaneously dressed for all four weather types—I wouldn’t know all that I do now. I wouldn’t feel that much closer to my grandparents than I do now, who reworked their entire lives in the hopes of furthering opportunities for their children. Oceans away from familiar sands, but creating homes away from home as a greater investment. 



About the Author ()

Comments are closed.

Recent posts

  1. VUW Halls Hiking Fees By 50–80% Next Year
  2. The Stats on Gender Disparities at VUW
  3. Issue 25 – Legacy
  4. Canta Wins Bid for Editorial Independence
  5. RA Speaks Out About Victoria University Hall Death
  6. VUW Hall Death: What We Know So Far
  8. New Normal
  9. Come In, The Door’s Open.
  10. Love in the Time of Face Tattoos

Editor's Pick

Uncomfortable places: skin.

:   Where are you from?  My list was always ready: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, puppy dogs’ tails, a little Spanish, maybe German, and—almost as an afterthought—half Samoan. An unwanted fraction.   But you don’t seem like a Samoan. I thought you were [inser

Do you know how to read? Sign up to our Newsletter!

* indicates required