It's been a week since I've been home from Turkey. Between jet lag (my first experience with it) and getting ready for Annie's Welcome Home party, last week went by in a blur. We are settling into a new routine...Annie getting used to living back in the USA and my husband and I living with a young adult again. I've had some time to reflect on our trip to Turkey. I have so many stories, that I will share over the next weeks, but the story that sticks with me now is how similar we human beings are, no matter where we live.
Annie chose to go to Turkey because she wanted to experience a culture very different from ours. 99% of the country is Muslim. They have call to prayer five times a day. Where churches dot our cities and towns, beautiful mosques with their tall minerets stand out in Turkey. Its history is rich in ancient ruins, Biblical
|Turkish ladies making gözleme.|
Another similarity...kids are kids are kids. I saw happy kids darting in and out of crowds as they played, I saw cranky kids in strollers who were at their limit and needed a nap, I saw kids of all sizes and skin colors doing what kids do best...soaking in life.
And then there's the "vacation bickering." We laughed when Annie translated a conversation she overheard between a Turkish husband and wife while we toured Cappadocia. In a nutshell, the wife wanted a family picture taken at one of the rooms at the top of a volcanic hill, and the husband, obviously tired of trudging through the extreme heat, told her that they could take the picture right where they were. It all looked the same anyway. Yes, it brought back memories of traveling when our children were little and we were all hot and tired.
|Annie and Keith dancing as the Turks do|
|Riad, Gulcin, and Annie|
|Annie with both of her moms.|
|Our family...Ibrahim and Sevgi (Annie's first host parents), Riad, Sana (our daughter from India), Annie, Gulcin, Keith, me, Ihsan|
Wouldn't it be nice if we could all take a moment to notice the similarities between ourselves and those we deem to be different? Who knows what we might discover.