Yesterday was special for at least two reasons. For one, it was our first annual Flower Day. Ben came up with this. I was wearing a very old comfy tee shirt that my friend Carolyn got me umpteen billion years ago. It used to have little fabric flowers that Carolyn had hand-stitched around the collar, very cute. But they had fallen off one by one over the course of many years of laundry, and now only one lone flower remains, in the front and slightly off-center. Ben looks at this and announces, "It's Flower Day!" He went on to explain that on Flower Day, people give hugs, kisses, and back rubs, and this was followed by a quick demonstration. All of this was entirely of his own invention. Neil and I were practically dripping with delight. We all engaged in the mandated rituals frequently throughout the remainder of the day.
Secondly, it was Fethiye's birthday. Mutlu YIllar and much love, friend!
Another little tidbit from last week: Ben at dinner said, "Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo fell into the well!" He got it all out perfectly the first time. When he tried to say it again, he stumbled a bit, but still you gotta be impressed. Ironically enough, he couldn't remember the name of Tikki Tikki's brother.
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