Sunday, November 7, 2010

Turkish Delight-- Earrings!

When I was child we moved around a lot.  By the age of thirteen, I had lived in six different houses, in six different cities, and in four different states (South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Delaware).  Fortunately for me, I grew up in an era before personal computers and emails, where I got to learn the joys of a handwritten letter first hand: the rough texture of the card stock, the choice of a pretty stamp, the crooked handwriting that ambles over the page, and best of all, a dear friend's words.  I adore handwritten letters!
This lovely note came in the mail the other day from a friend I have only met once.  He had been charged by an overseas friend with the task of mailing these earrings to me.  Aren't they beautiful?

In case you want to get a pair for yourself, they are from Turkey.  I haven't seen them for sale anywhere else, but they were all over Istanbul when I was there last summer, and they're also quite inexpensive.  I had a red pair that were given to me by a shopkeeper in Ephesus (Selcuk) as a gift-- he was impressed by the few words of Turkish that I knew (Did you know that Aslan means lion in Turkish?).  I lost one of the earrings, and was delighted when my friend in Dubai offered to pick up for me a new pair while on his trip to Turkey.  That was six months ago, and now, thanks to Mack, Keren, Kirk, and the US Post Office, these beauties are finally home 

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