Photo taken in:IstanbulYear when photo was taken:1990Country name at time of photo:TurkeyCountry name today:Turkey
This is a picture of my mother Ema Tuncer and me. It was taken in Yesilyurt in 1990. In 1964, for the first time in their lives, my parents bought their own flat - in Yesilyurt, for my sake - because I had voiced the opinion that it was better to live away from the city. After about a year, I got married and left, while they remained in Yesilyurt. When they lived in Yesilyurt, at first, they employed village girls as live-in maids. With time, they had help only once a week, then once in a fortnight. In 1964, when they moved to Yesilyurt, my mother made a large circle of friends from the Jewish Community. For many years, they got together in each other's houses to play 'kumkam,' the card game I mentioned earlier. I still call them to inquire about how they are. My mother was a lively, cheerful person, who enjoyed life. She loved telling jokes. One day, when my children were between eight and ten years of age, she called them to her side and said, 'You are old enough now; I can tell you adult jokes from now on.' My children remember her with a great deal of affection. They say, 'Who else has a grandmother who told her ten-year-old grandchildren adult no-no jokes?' My mother also liked to have some fun on her own. When I started to go horseback riding as a sport, she started to attend the horse races at Veliefendi [racetrack of Istanbul] and do a bit of betting.