Photo taken in:IstanbulYear when photo was taken:1966Country name at time of photo:TurkeyCountry name today:Turkey
This is a picture of me, taken in 1966, when I was pregnant with my first child, in a ?Yali? in Kuzguncuk, Istanbul. In those years it was cheaper to live in a 'Yali', a sea-side villa, than in an apartment in town. My husband Günel worked in an automotive company called Tatko. He was in charge of the spare parts department. Then we had two children: my son Orhan, born in 1966, and my daughter Gün, born in 1968. I worked in my father's office. My aunt Viktorya, who was like a grandmother to them, came to stay with us on Monday mornings and went back on Friday evenings. This continued until my son turned two. I stopped working when my daughter was about to be born, because Tantika had become too old to take care of two small children. One day, my husband and I had a serious talk and considered the two alternatives open to us: either we moved near my parents' home in Yesilyurt and left the children with them when I went to work, or he quit his job and went to work with my father. We chose the latter because my father had a good business; we also reasoned that we could not leave him alone, as he could not hear well, could not drive, could not talk with the clients on the phone and that, in short, the business would collapse if we left.