Thanksgiving has come and gone and the Christmas season is approaching quickly. I don’t usually decorate this early. I like to have a fresh, brand new tree on Christmas day. Growing up, we didn’t decorate our tree until Christmas Eve. I loved that. It was a lot of work for us on the night before Christmas, but it was well worth it! We leave our tree up until January 6th, also known as the Epiphany, or Little Christmas – the day the Three Wise Men showed up. (No, not Manny, Moe, and Jack and not the Stooges either!)
This year I am heading home for the holidays. I will be covering Mom’s house with lights. Then I will spend another 6-8 hours putting lights on her tree. So there will be no decorating for Christmas in Ankara for me. But there will be time spent with my sweetheart.
Next week, we will spend a couple of days in Izmir together. It will be my first time there and I’m pretty sure it’s his first time too. We have a lot of “firsts” together. We often joke over dinner when I say, “Do you like it? It is the first time I made it.” He rarely believes me.
I am very lucky to have him. He is a kind and sweet man. He has promised me a life time of “firsts.” So I am going to share with you photos of one of our firsts, the first kitten we have together. I do have a cat in the US, Patches, whom Baris helped take care of. But Lucky is truly our first together. He came with his own set of challenges. He’s a deaf street cat. Trying to domesticate him was not so difficult because he loves us. But trying to discipline him is tough.
After over 3 months, some things are easier. But he still loves to run more than any cat I have ever owned, knock over lamps, and attack our hands and feet with his teeth and claws.