Some would say that I am somewhat apolitical. I tend to recognize the efforts of those who govern, their apparent successes and their apparent failures, as I sympathize with the difficulty of being "in charge". So, although I have no intention of commenting on the policies of the Turkish government, I have observed that those we have met are proud to be part of an independent secular republic.
On Friday we visited a school in the Cappadocia region. The primary children lined up at the end of the day in front of a statue of Ataturk (the father of independence) to sing the National Anthem. Their headmaster encouraged them to show "how much they loved their country". This is a sentiment I can appreciate!
....God keep our land glorious and free...O Canada
You are always in our prayers. Love Mom