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Chapter (13)
~ Turkish Pillow

After recalling my youth, the most vivid memories of hugs always stemmed from my experiences in Turkey. My family would travel to Turkey every summer to visit family and explore the country, yet the most vivid recollections were of the special pillows that lined my grandmother’s couches. This piece is an homage to my childhood, a memento for all the times I spent hugging my grandparents, that are now so far away. My hands, now grown and large, almost cover the entire surface of the pillow—almost as if to smother my younger self with love and remind myself how much I have matured.