The Turk could have been a love rat, in fact, I am sure there are people that read this blog that knew The Turk before me who are nodding their heads in agreement and coming up with examples to put in my comments. I was merely in the right place at the right time. I have no doubt at all that he was a “playa” pre-Janey although now he is better known as a marouk (old geezer). He likes to think he could still pull them in if he got the chance.
Over the past few days there has been a lot of talk about Turkish Love Rats (TLR) and Love Rats in general on the social media sites that I am connected with. I am not going to get into a debate about what is or is not a love rat. I am merely going to tell you a story.
*names have been changed to protect my beautiful friend
Amanda met this TLR while studying at college in her home town. They had a wonderful romance that ended when he returned to Turkey. Over the years they lost contact, she moved on, got married, had a beautiful little girl and subsequently divorced. She would often think about that boy that she knew all those years ago and wonder what might have been had circumstances been different. Thanks to Facebook they re-connected and their love affair was re-kindled. She visited him once or twice in Mersin and they fell deeply in love. Aahh romance is wonderful. Seni cok seviyorum.
Promises are made. Dates are set. She packs up her life, kisses her family goodbye, leaves her job and her friends and she and her daughter move to this wonderful country for this wonderful man. Her daughter is happy. She loves it here. She is happy. She is in love. He, however, the TLR, has decided that he does not want to be a father to her daughter, she is in fact not the girl for him and began to see another, one a little more suitable (read that as Turkish). His friends knew and they did not tell her but instead continued to court her as his fiancé. His family knew but they kept it a secret and still helped her pick out a wedding dress and a venue. This woman was duped in the worst way possible.
As I write this I wonder what his family and friends actually think of him. Right now. Do they think a little less of him? Do they wonder if he is really the man that they thought, whether he may one day betray them as he did to his fiancé? Does his mother feel embarrassed by her son’s behaviour, after all as a parent she is his teacher? Finally, what of the other woman? Did she know? Did she care? What type of person must she be?
Love rats come in all shapes and sizes. This one did not steal money from her – although she gave up a lucrative career and packed up her life to move to Turkey – this one did something that I consider a lot worse. He broke her. Not just her heart – her. A strong independent woman was kicked to the kerb for having a strong, independent mind. She had the audacity to question his opinions or decisions and he shot her down before turning and saying, “I do not want you. I do not want your daughter.” He left their apartment and did not return until she had packed up her things and left. Not left the city. No he did not return until she left the country!
I have said to my friend on many occasions he is not worth it. They are not worth it. You learn and you move on. She is happy now with a wonderful job. Her daughter took some time to re-adjust but is also happy thriving back with her extended family. And as for the TLR – here’s hoping someone treats him with the same disrespect that he treated my friend!
Sadly I have some other examples and perhaps in the future (and with those friend’s blessings) I will tell their stories too. With time comes healing.