KC Will Always Be Home

Happy Day!

Emotions running rampant as I visit my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. This weekend is the first time I’ve been back since my mother passed away last August 5, and things don’t feel quite right. Manoula’s presence is noticeably missed, and the energy is different. However, the experience is one that requires reflection and gratitude, I’m up for it.


It’s not a coincidence that I grew up in Kansas City, one of the top 30 best cities to live in America, according to this month’s National Geographic Magazine. K.C. afforded my immigrant parents the opportunity to raise a good family, earn a prosperous living and provide safety and shelter.

Returning to KC after the health related whirlwind of 2017, I find that our family business, TASSO’S Greek Restaurant, still exudes the same KEFI zest for life, the people of KC are nice and the block I grew up on remains sweet and pretty.

However, my childhood house, the way I knew it, has an empty life force with my beloved mother not present, but certainly her years of labor for the good of our family permeates every inch of space.

The activity of rummaging through closets and drawers, gazing at family pictures, sitting at the kitchen table conversing with my father, each confirms that I was blessed to live and learn in a home which housed a strong family unit, and build a lifelong, solid foundation. Family is the beginning and the end, and everything in the middle sets up the story. Love my story; vibrant, committed and loving parents, great siblings and a safety net/sounding board 24/7.


Modern society has a pace that makes it challenging to nurture our families, thankfully my childhood lacked nothing. Thanks Manoula for giving us the time and attention we so desperately needed to develop confidently and soundly.

Tooling around KC and roaming my house caused all my years to flash before my eyes, and all of it was good even with the ebbs and flows, challenges and adversity. Coming home to KC, my heart tells me that a good and loving family is a treasure to encourage and grow, this is the impetus for creating a thriving community in whichever city you reside.



Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]