Kosmas the Aetolian

My grandfather used to be one of the “tabakides” of Ioannina. Every day he worked on the skins, half in the water, half outside. These men were blessed and my grandfather told me why. One day, while he was doing his job, a skinny old man approached him and said: “I have nothing to eat, will you give me money to get something?” the tampakis said to him: “Enter alone in the hut where I have my things and take whatever you want”. The worker did not recognize him. He gave him money because he was a good man, but the old man was Kosmas the Aetolian and said to him: “Whatever goods you have, they should multiply. You have my wish and you and your children and grandchildren! “

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