She is one of the most precious people that Turkey has. She is an academician at Hacettepe University, Education Faculty. My husband Kemal met her in a creative drama course that he took in January. Since then he has been talking about Tulay Hoca and her sincerity. Today, I had the chance to meet her in the flesh. This morning we had a very nice breakfast in Kuzguncuk with her and some other friends from creative drama group number 41. 41 is a lucky number in Turkey and today was one of the luckiest days of my life. I was about to lose my faith in existence of such nice people. I felt like I knew her for a long time, she was like someone from my family.
She is passionate about modern thought, she is lively, optimistic, energetic and so positive that a couple of hours spent with her made me feel like I spent a day in paradise. It was such a big joy listening to her ideas. Positive thinking, how to fight against ignorance, social psychology, being an individual in a society… We discussed different issues. I think I missed being a student again. She had collected pairs of postcards from various places and created a game for kids. İpek and Defne had lovely time playing games with her. She emphasized the importance of first 7 years in terms of creativity in a child’s life. According to her, it is games not toys which develop the brain. She advised to hide most of the toys that we have in our house and take them out periodically after some time . Kids will be in different developmental stages and they will find new ways to play with them, she said. I learned many things from her interaction with my kids. İpek and Defne liked her very much, too. Now I want to do nice things for my country, I want to warn people against the dangers of bigotry. I am looking forward to meeting her again. Long live Tülay Hoca, we love you so much:)