Today is my Dad’s birthday – he has been gone for three years – but I still miss him. Recently, I learned of a Turkish idiom that is used to express deep sadness. Really, the Turks have an idiom for everything.
As the tears streamed down my face, Perihan Hanim, the fairy Godmother puppet came up and said “Karadeniz’de gemileri batmak.” I knew it was something about the Black (Kara) Sea (deniz), but not much more.
Yehuda Rebbe, the sage elder puppet filled me in. He said “If you owned a ship and it sank you would probably feel really sad about your loss. Turkish has an idiom that draws on this metaphor to express deep sadness. The expression is “Karadeniz’de gemileri batmak” which literally translates as to have one’s ships sunk in the Black Sea. It is generally used in questions, for example: ‘Çok üzgün görünüyorsun. Ne oldu? Karadeniz’de gemilerin mi battı?'”
For those of you who knew him, I think you might agree that my Dad would appreciate the boat metaphor! And now on to celebrating his life in a more positive manner!