Friday, June 27, 2008

Goodbye

I will move soon. In a few days. I will miss this place. Feneryolu. My first home in Turkey. The first person I met other than the Altun’s was Mehmet, our doorman. The protector of our property. He gave us a bed to sleep on. He set up our TV under his name. He helped us hook it up. He helped us fix our light in the kitchen. He takes out our trash every night. He is quiet but when he speaks the children scatter. He greets me with a nod of respect at the elevator door. I’ll miss this world he has created for me. Because of him I had something to observe. Years ago he opened a market across the street from my apartment window. I never really enjoyed watching the goings on there until my most recent return to this country. The regulars, the children, the local doormen, the workers in the area. All of them frequent this bakkal at predictable times of the day. I can almost set my clock by them. I know most of them by sight, some of them by voice. There is Yasar, the storekeeper with his low grunty voice. Umut, his son with the loudest bossiest voice. Ece, the girl who dances about in her immaculate wardrobe and hair, sometimes alone, sometimes accompanied. Her father who swaggers slowly down the street daily, a face for a Turkish postage stamp. Entirely intimidating until addressed. (No pun intended.) I really hope the place I move to has character like this place. It's a shame I'm too shy to take pictures of these people.

8 comments:

Aimee said...

Moving??? Where??? When???

Christine said...

We're just moving to Kozyatagi. It's ten minutes away from where we are now. No worries. See you at church.

Tiff and Dan said...

I love all the details...enjoy the move.. We just found out we are moving to dubai...we'll be a little closer to you!

Sonja said...

Wow! Moving? And you've already got all these lovely memories. Christine you are wonderful. And missed. Hope the move goes smoothly. I'm sure you'll meet lots of great characters where ever you go. :)

Jill Hunt said...

You seriously are so amazing. Good luck on your move. I hate moving!

Taranani said...

Hey Christine

Tara's favorites got erased so we have had trouble finding your information. Things suck badly here gas has risen to 4.oo. I have been riding my bike to the station in layton then to work from the station in Ogden then to UPS at the airport from the Salt Lake station and then back to the salt lake station then from the layton station home at about 10:30 at night I start out at 4:30 long day for four days. I am super busy Tara is busy working our the "kinks" with Jet Blue she would call them something else probably. Fourth of July coming up. Where are you moving? I have four Turk friends I will be playing soccer with on Friday maybe I can talk them into moving in with us for free is they work in my yard and help me get ahead. I bet Turkey has been crazy during the Euro cup. I am hoping to get ahead enough to be able to come out in Nov. Are you still planning on running the marathon thing. I am ready I think. I won't be winning it but I can finish it.

Sunny said...

Good luck with the move. I can't wait to make the lentil soup. It sounds delicious!

Taranani said...

Mom really lost weight while she was there in Turkey. She has put some back on since she has been back. But I can get my arms around her now. We bought a Wii big mistake. Fun but big mistake. Isaiah says hi to all you kids so does Ali but Cori just says WAAAAAAAAAAAHHH AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
I got a job in Ogden with that dream agency so cool I am so lucky I hope it lasts till retirement. I still haven't secured that portuguese job yet but I will. Those ice cream pictures of Sherman are great. We will try to update our blog it is ancient. See you later.