My grandfather is going to the military and there has been no news for four years. Everyone said to my grandmother, "If your husband was alive, there would have been news by now. He's definitely dead." they say. The narrations that everybody died in the village as they died.
When I say my grandmother's poverty, field work, taking care of her children, they are left without money. My grandmother plans to sell her mules as the only option. The location announces to the neighbor. Then it was heard in the whole village that my grandmother would sell mules, and even this sale news spread until Balkusan. By this time, Yukarı İzvit (Çağlar) and Balkusan are neighbors and can be reached by walking for three hours on pathways. Upper Izvit is on the old Karaman road.
A buyer from Balkusan pays his money and buys the mule. Six months after the mule was sold, my grandfather was discharged. First comes to Karaman. He starts his journey on foot from Karaman to reach Upper Izvit. This walking journey takes three days according to what our elders tell.
My grandfather, Asker Durmus is finally coming to Balkusan. A fountain approaches his head to drink water. He saw that his mule, which he left four years ago, is being watered in the fountain. Next to him stands a Balkusanlı holding the halter chain.
Before he says a salute, he calls out the name of the mule to the mule drinking water. The mule stops drinking water and moves to my grandfather. The man who watered his mule in the hand of the chain is surprised. My grandfather before his confusion was over;
"Friend, this mule is mine. Who did you buy it from?" says.
"There is a man named Fatma bride from Yokarı Izvit, her husband has been 4 years. They said that her husband died in the military. Everyone says" Her husband died in the army. "The woman was desperate. " says.
My grandfather; "I understand. Her husband, whom they said died in the army, is my friend. I have been discharged and now I am going to my village. Yes, my mule has been sold. I have an offer for you; How many lira did you pay for this mule, after you arrive in my village and supply it, would you give it to me again if you gave it to you? " says.
Since the man went to the military and learned the name of the soldier who is said to have died, "Tell me your tag." says.
"I am Durmuş, son of Mehmet, who was born in 1877, from the sons of Abdulsamed." The man makes no sound, but he thinks that Fadime Gelin is her husband. Without saying anything else, "You can take the mule and take it to the soldier agenda." he just says. It doesn't even say when you will pay the money.
Look at the understanding and trust in the people of that time. After the conversations between two people who have never seen each other, the mule stretches the halter chain to my grandfather and it is really a human condition where maturity is at the peak.
My grandfather kisses, caresses and loves the mule he holds from the halter chain. What about the loyalty in the mule… The two people leave saying goodbye. My grandfather would not get on his mule until Balkusan leaves the village by holding the halter chain of the mule so that it would not be disrespectful to the man.
Get out of the village