The heading speaks for itself people. I am a Selfish Bitch. Apparently. The Turk informed me of such this morning so it must be true. See this is where he and I differ in opinion because I always thought that I was pretty awesome. I have been known to high-5 myself on occasion for my awesomeness. I help others. I give to causes. I am totally generous. Selfish bitch? Nope. Doesn’t really sound like me.
He didn’t really mean it, The Turk. He was just a little exasperated with me this morning that’s all. Let me explain.
On Tuesday morning I woke at the crack of dawn suffering from the succubus that is jetlag. It usually takes me days to get over it so there I was feeling like crap and desperately needing a cup of tea to jolt my body awake. Having successfully made my tea (remember Turkish tea is a drama in itself) I made my way outside onto our terrace intending to watch the sun rise over the village when it happened.
I looked around and . . . what? Where the fek is my feking terribly expensive outdoor furniture? It had disappeared. Were we robbed? Doubtful. Was it there last night? Dunno. Like an idiot I looked left and right. Nope. I stuck my head back through the door into the living room. Not there. I started back inside when my eyes were drawn to Vito’s home next door. Immediate brain fart! There’s my feking terribly expensive feking furniture! What the holy hell?
Living here in Turkey I have learnt that it is not unusual to do a solid and lend something to a neighbour or a relative or even the man that lives on the other side of the village and it will definitely be returned with thanks (well mostly anyway). I get it and I am totally on board with this arrangement but when I went downstairs to examine my terribly expensive outdoor furniture it was looking more than a little worse for wear with oil splatters on the table, stains on my cushions and even a cigarette burn or two. Fek!
I did not lose my temper. I did not have a fit. I merely asked The Turk for my terribly expensive outdoor furniture to be returned to its rightful place however it had not appeared before I went to bed on Tuesday evening. The Turk guaranteed that it would be returned on Wednesday morning as soon as Vito returned home from work. Wednesday came and went and again despite my request for the return of my terribly expensive outdoor furniture my terrace was still looking bare and sad. What made it worse was that Vito had some friends over Wednesday (last) night and I watched them stealth-like through my window fuming and spitting fire while they lounged all over my terribly expensive outdoor furniture like they were the feking Queen of England, smoking their cigarettes and no doubt dropping more crap all over it! I was losing my shit people!
This morning I again asked for my terribly expensive outdoor furniture to be returned and that is when The Turk cracked it. After calling me a selfish bitch he suggested that if I wanted my terribly expensive outdoor furniture back then I should go and ask for it myself! The thing is that after being married to The Turk for over 12 years I know too well that when he starts throwing around insults it means that he is attempting to deflect an issue that he does not want to deal with. Ah ha! He did not want to ask his brother for the return of the terribly expensive outdoor furniture. He was embarrassed. We’ll fek it! I’ll feking ask him!
And ask him I did. Vito might have ummed and aahhed after I knocked on his door this morning but when I returned from the market I found The Turk on the terrace relaxing comfortably on my terribly expensive, albeit now slightly marked, outdoor furniture. “Darling, would you like a cup of tea?” he says.
So there you have it. I might be a selfish bitch although I really don’t see it that way. It’s one thing to borrow a book, or a frypan but another thing all together to borrow furniture with little or no intention of returning it. The Turk is happy though. My terribly expensive outdoor furniture has been returned and he is not the bad guy. I am. I am a selfish bitch but whatever. I am still awesome though.