The blue house in Silivri

‘You need to come right away’ he said.I had a scheduled photo shooting for the magazine in few days however I think they could manage without me – with instructions over a video call maybe. The offer was tempting regardless the fact that I have to take care of a sick person. So I booked my flight and packed in a rush. Few hours later I am in Istanbul waiting for my ride to Silivri which is 90 minutes drive, an area I haven’t seen before and by the pictures he sent it sure worth the hassle. So here I am with total strangers, my father’s students taking me to him. 
As soon as I lay my eyes on that house he’s staying in I knew for sure this was it, this is the life… or perhaps I was in need for a vacation, it’s been a while. 

O It’s like I’ve been replaced with a new memory. Could that be possible! I’ve got a ‘to do list’ for work but didn’t feel the importance, it actually felt stupid and with no meaning. How can I say such a thing when I truly value my work! 

This adorable house is colored with blue, the perfect shade, with charming wide windows you can see the outdoor swimming pool through the front door! Two floors, three bedrooms three bathrooms and a walking closet, the living room is heavenly decorated with a wonderful fireplace. The kitchen has a window overlooking the neighbor’s house which colored purple. Who would color his house purple! But it complimented the marvelous different kinds of trees outside. 

O this house is Home for the next few days.

Speechless and wowed I kept. He took me in a tour showing me around and after dinner we had in a nice local restaurant he said ‘all I wanted is a company, you don’t have to babysit me all day. Do your thing and I’ll do mine’. ‘Are you kidding me’ I replied, ‘I’m not leaving this place all week!’ And I honestly never thought we’ll get along that well, we talked and laughed. I cooked in that lovely kitchen and never mind doing the dishes. I cleaned and managed the grocery so he can have fresh bread and fruits daily. We took long walks remaining all ears listening to his concerns, giving notes to his writings… 


I needed this kind of break just as much as he needed my company and I hope he gets better soon. We fly back home in few days for his next chemotherapy. As for now I appreciate the time we’re spending, creating memories to hold on to forever. 

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The cutest, the lovable.. who tries his best to accept me as I am, even when ‘I am’ quite annoying – sometimes! I must say with a parent’s support you’ll be able to see the light at the end of that tunnel you chose instead of the bridge others took! Dad, you are the reason why I keep falling for cute old men, I guess I see your qualities in them. 
Ten days ago my father was diagnosed with cancer, shocking news for all of us, but it did bring all the family together. I guess these things happen for a reason. He did mention after his surgery ‘seeing my sons in the same room getting along beautifully will help me recover’. We, brothers and sisters have put our stupid differences aside and started new healthy chapter.
 
Dad, despite our disagreements I love you, get well soon… stay close… stay.