Monday, November 24, 2008

Teacher's Day

(I'm feeling much better, thanks.)

And just in time for...Teacher's Day!

Most teachers here look forward to Teacher's Day more than their own birthday.
And I can now see why.

Teacher's Day was set aside by (guess who?!) Ataturk to honor and appreciate teachers. Ataturk thought and stated that new generation will be created by teachers. Atatürk was also considered as Prime Teacher (Turkish: Başöğretmen), because he adopted a new alphabet for the newly founded Turkish Republic on 1923.

In the States, most schools have teacher appreciation week, so the idea is very similar.

I know that a picture is worth a thousand words, but I forgot to bring my camera to school today and it is cold and raining so the chances of me going home to get it are slim and none.

I have about 10 individually wrapped roses of all sizes and colors. White wrapped in green paper, red wrapped in white paper, all tied neatly with a ribbon.

I received a beautiful green and brown pashmina, a funny blue cat umbrella, an Ankara mug that I've been eyeing at Starbucks for months, lots of hugs, homemade apple tart, and a runny nose.

Actually, I can probably thank the change in weather for the last little gift.

I promise when I get home I will take some pictures of the flowers and such. They really are beautiful.

Happy Teacher's Day to anyone that teaches anywhere.

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