A Not So Turkish Life

Happy Holidays

It’s been 89 years since Atatürk established what we now know as Turkey, separating the country from its Ottoman roots, establishing a secular society which could integrate with the west as easily as it could slide from the east; in its 89th year, though fortuitous for holidayers, the sad irony of Eid Al-Adha and the anniversary of the Turkish Republic running into one another reminds that with society as with anything else, for all that is gained, one can loose just as much. And during this joint holiday, as G and I plan for a life somewhat outside this muddle where we can ignore the clash of ideals that’s evolved, I pull tight the headscarf for which I’m excluded from so much and fill in applications – the which deter me here from writing so freely of my thoughts – for citizenship to a country I pray come its centenary year will have surprised me in the leaps that it’s made and will allow my children to be proud to call Turkey theirs.

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This entry was published on 10/29/2012 at 12:42. It’s filed under A Not So Turkish Wife, Externalise, Life and Faith, Photos and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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