I received a note from Ken Hill (Turkey 1965-67) about the Instagram message from Judith Jerald (Turkey 1965-67) that he received and I contacted Judith who wrote back, “There are not many people who would be interested in this, but since many of you may have had similar experiences, I am sending it along to you. It touched my heart and confirmed for me, once again, that although we were ( mostly) very young Volunteers, we perhaps had more of an impact on our students and neighbors than we thought at the time. It has been 50 years since we left Turkey, so I find this pretty amazing. Meral found me on Instagram, and the conversation we had is below.”
Hi Dear Judith this is Meral from Kozan. |
If you are my teacher I will be very happy to find you. Because you have affected very much to our life by your kind dedicated work in small town, Kozan, Regards
Yes, I taught in Kozan in 1965-67. Tell me about yourself, please.
Hi My Dearest Teacher,
I am so happy. Thank you. I was your neighbor very close to your home. My father was your student too in your evening class for adults. He was an agriculture officer, Durmus Sasoglu. I attended to that class with my father very short time too. Maybe you can remember or not, you with your husband visited our family at home. We have loved all family. Last year, Cemal mentioned about your visiting to Kozan again.
I do remember you and visiting your family. I wish we had seen you when we were in Kozan two years ago. Do you live in Kozan? Are you a doctor? Do you have children? Your English is very good! I miss Turkey and especially our Kozan friends. We hope we can come visit again. It is difficult now because of all the politics in both the US and in Turkey.
My Dearest Teacher,
I wish we had seen in Kozan. But I am living in Istanbul. My parents are with me now. Thank you, my language is not perfect but I am trying. Yes, I am a dermatologist. Prof. on dermatology. Now I am working on R&D some problem in my lab at Bosphorus University. I have twin boys 36 y. married. I divorced more than 25 years ago. We have never forgotten you. Because you did a very good thing in our country. We saw your good treating to us we were so little children. You invited to your home often with your kindness and love. Thank you. My parents say their greeting to you and your husband too. Regards.
you are very kind and bring tears to my eyes. We loved teaching you and all the children in Kozan. The people of Kozan were so good to us, especially our neighbors.
Please do not cry my teacher, because you are very nice people gave us very good things. These are not seen by eyes but affected our mind. Please pride yourself. Thank you for everything.