Elif had invited a group of her friends and their kids to a Turkish brunch so that we could meet them. In fact the kids are the common tie to them all. They either have met at school, story time, or other kid-related activities. All lovely people, doctors, scholars, software engineers, government workers, with lovely kids. Marsha and her daughter Claire were first to arrive. Claire reminded me of a fairy, very delicate with almost translucent skin. Then I met Ellie, Erin, Peter, and Sarah. Ellie, a software engineer, was from Lebanon and he enjoyed all the food selections “sucuklu yumurta” (Turkish peperoni with fried eggs) in particular. I had met Karen and her sons Rohan and Aditya on an Ojo conversation, now had a chance to meet them in person. Jan had met them all earlier and Rohan and Aditya called her Nana, like Mina calls her. In fact most of the kids seemed to call her Nana. (She does not like that a bit!!) Troy, Myra, Tallulah, and Harper arrived around the same time I believe. Troy runs the Caputo’s Deli where we enjoyed good music and deli sandwiches. The next group to arrive was Adam, Camille, Cameron, and Lian with Adam’s mother Kathy and Camille’s father Lawrence who did not stay around much.
Elif had made several kinds of breads, accompanied by cheese selections, other breakfast food like olives, olive oil for dipping, and such. Later she made sucuklu yumurta which was a hit, people went for seconds. And so went mos of the afternoon, kids running around, swinging, and parents tending to occasional snags. There seemed to be a common parenting principles based on children cooperating, sharing, listening to each other, and not complaining. Later on Elif did story time, the kids sat on the kilim on the deck, she on the chair started reading stories. There were several interruptions, the usual stuff like need more juice, or bathroom break (which had high priority of course.) All in all, everyone enjoyed the afternoon and parties left at different times based on kids nap times and other commitments. Later on Allegra, who goes to school with Mina; and Zola, who looked devilish with two small bunches of hair on her head; arrived with their mother Cynthia. Her ex-husband Alex had arrived a little earlier and they joined in the conversation and play. Cynthia, a geriatric medicine doctor, will be visiting Turkey next month and asked for tips for travel in Turkey. We suggested Istanbul being the highlight, then traveling down to the Aegean coast to Ayvalik, Izmir, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, possibly visiting side attractions in Tire and Sirince, moving on to Cappadocia and back to Istanbul.
The weather was getting a bit too hot for me, so I excused myself and went downstairs where it was about 10 degrees cooler even with no AC. I stayed there until they put the AC on and upstairs was cooling off. When I came upstairs, Mina was playing with Allegra who stayed with her father Alex for another half hour or so before leaving. We had our supper and was Mina’s bed time soon. A little later Jan and Elif went to bed as well. I stayed up a while and organized the photographs to share here. Fair warning, there are about 30 photographs in the collection despite my best efforts to cull them out. This is the bare minimum that will convey a sense of the Turkish Brunch.