On Wednesday after work we left campus for a little foray into the city, primarily to get some baklava, but also for dinner and so I could get some socks at the nearby mall. Our time in Istanbul is really wrapping up - our last day of camp is today and we skip town just a couple of days later - so we're getting daring and doing crazy things like this during the week and not just over the weekend anymore. Honestly, I couldn't be more ready to leave Turkey, but that's another story. :)
As we got off the subway to walk towards the escalator, I saw a magazine sitting on a bench. I gave it a second glance because I registered immediately that it was Time magazine, and upon a closer look, I saw that it had an American flag on the front...meaning that maybe it wasn't a Turkish Time. I grabbed it and noticed that the date on it was August 28, 2017, so I think what I'm trying to say is that I found a future issue of Time in an Istanbul metro station, and did I mention that it was all in English (I mean, I don't even know if Time comes in other languages, but if it did...)?
While we rode the bus back to campus I flipped through the pages of the magazine just a little bit, making sure it was all there, checking out what I had waiting for me when I actually decided to sit down and read it (I was going to wait for JUST the right moment), and Danny said something like, "I can't believe you found that, it's crazy!" and I replied what I'd been thinking as we walked up the seven escalators and found our ride back home, "I know...I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!"
It's funny how something so small and inconsequential, like a magazine, can make me feel so happy and lift my spirits so significantly. I started thinking that it really is the little things in life, and maybe more so, the unexpected little things, the surprises from friends, family, or strangers that can really make our day a little or a lot brighter. Obviously, its different for everyone - although Danny will probably enjoy reading Time on the plane or at the beach, it didn't excite him like it did me, and that's okay. Something else will make him feel like the luckiest guy in the world when he's surprised with it - and I'll surely know it immediately as he's not one to hide his emotions. So, pardon me while I get packing...and make sure that my new magazine has a prized place among our things. :)