The year is 2000. The day is hotter than Hades in downtown Adana, Turkiye. . .but just when we think we will melt into the dust and sand, never to be seen again, we meet up with a very cool man and his storeful of Saz. (Sazes? Sazi? Sazzzzzs? What would the plural be?)
He serenandes us and gives us a cassette tape of his songs to take with us so that we can remember him after we get back on an airplane and return to our life in the States. Which we will do just a few weeks later.
Fourteen years have passed, and my daughter won’t remember this moment. . . but I do. So vividly that it still cools me on a hot day and reminds me what it felt like to hold her as a tiny child in my arms.