Friends

In difficult times the importance of social networks can make the difference between succumbing to depression or pulling through relatively unscathed by the process.  As retirement looms I am aware of our social support system:  friendships, community resources and activities in which we participate.  The MOTH has recently joined the local Men’s Shed and seems to have found his niche amongst a set of older coves who enjoy drinking copious amounts of tea and telling a story or two.

Turkey Boys & Ice CreamMany eastern European cultures take a different view of friendship.  While young boys can be found in small groups in western countries, the boys in the photo above are starting a tradition of  sitting in the town square and enjoying “food”, conversation and each other’s company.

Vignette of Turkish MenThe month we spent in Turkey exposed us to so many facets of the culture.  As an avid observer of people the number of men ‘doing coffee’ at sidewalk cafes was a marked difference to our western culture.  Walk down any street in Australia and more than likely cafe tables occupied by small groups of women; in Turkey it is common to see groups of men socialising around a game of backgammon.

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Two Macaws on Rhodes Island:  I am sure they are friends

Tavla, the Turkish name for backgammon, is often played around pots of strong Turkish coffee and most establishments have backgammon boards for customers’ use.  The rules are similar but not exactly the same as Western backgammon.

Men and Coffee Time in Turkey

Selcuk, Turkey

You can see other interpretations of this week’s WordPress photo challenge here or here for another point of view about the importance of friendship.

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8 thoughts on “Friends

  1. You capture this so well. I love the photographs. We have many cafes in my town where groups of men meet to chat and drink coffee. It is becoming more and more prevalent, and I am often curious about the conversations they are having. Whether they pick them up from the day before, whether they relate to what they see around them or some deeper philosophical debate. It would be fascinating to find out 🙂

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  2. Your posts and comments are so interesting, Linda. I was in Turkey man-years ago and also noticed small groups of men in cafes playing backgammon. Another cultural difference that interests me is the way young boys and men who are friends hold hands with one another in some cultures.

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