Flashback to class

Dear teacher, I have a pain in my lower back. It’s a real one. Just as I feel life pays me back (wondering what for), this isolation flashes me back to “class”.

There is something about today (May 7th) that made me think of you. I believe it is not just one thing but a whole set of things that got together to bring me pleasant memories.

As I have learnt in the past few years, my life is a journey of a constant becoming instead of a life to become one single version of me.

Today is day #53 of quarantine due to Coronavirus. It hasn’t been such a strike for me since along my life I’ve been used to staying home (quite ironic since I come from the other side of the world).

I have not been out of the apartment that much. As instructed by the government, I’ve only left for the usual shopping and for medicines. During this time, I took reading pretty seriously.

Orhan Pamuk. Does that ring any bell? I chose “A strangeness in my mind”. I don’t know if he is between one of your favorite writers, but it is among mine.

Sitting next to the window there is this strange feeling. The sound of the leaves because of the whistling wind. Birds singing right on my ear from the tree that reaches the fourth floor of the communist building where I live.

I can see white bits of flowers that have recently bloomed floating around visible thanks to the sun rays cutting through two other buildings in front of me.

The fresh air and temperature combined with the taste of my lukewarm coffee, they give me a strong desire of having just now Turkish coffee (without sugar) and a simit (without cheese).

The green that illuminates streets these days reminds me of my frequent trips from Kızılay to Hacettepe during May 2018. Perhaps it is this lovely season awakening these memories.

It is though, this “I don’t know what“, the cat (Albert) in the apartment, the joyful birds and the overall flashback to that May feeling that have pushed me to take a pen and write this first on my notebook.

There is something about nature, isn’t it? The trees, the animals, the weather and people that will meaningfully connect us and guide us positively through life.

I wanted to let you know, our small class and ideas exchange did have a great impact on me.

Görüşürüz. We will see each other, hopefully sooner than later.

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