I love living in Van during the fall. The air becomes a little cooler and the gentle winds of fall begin to blow bringing with them a crisp cleanness that is only found at higher altitudes.
This time of year also brings one of the biggest holidays of the year in this part of the word named the “Feast of Sacrifice”. During this holiday, children go door-to-door looking for candy, people spend time with family, and most will purchase a sheep to be slaughtered and shared among those less fortunate.
Here in Eastern Turkey the shepherds bring their sheep to town where people pick out the one they want. Just yesterday I commented to my wife about a scene that would have made a great picture; on the street below our apartment walked a shepherd with a small flock of sheep and what I would presume to be two small sons in tow. It is times like these that make me smile and thankful that we have the opportunity to live in a place where, in that moment, all the complexities of life fade away to the simplicity of a shepherd and his two small sons selling their sheep.
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