We received some great news yesterday. We were at the doctor and as we looked at our little offspring on the screen, the doctor told us that the baby in Rana’s tummy is a boy.
It’s been interesting to note the reaction of Turkish friends when telling them that we’re having a boy. They’re invariably excited for us as though we’ve received the greater of two blessings. I’ve personally been indifferent about the sex of the baby, knowing that I would welcome a son or a daughter into our family with equal excitement. But it is interesting to note the difference in cultures.
This attitude is best expressed in a Turkish anecdote. I’ve been told that when people are conversing together and the conversation comes to an unanticipated halt, someone will say “a girl was born” to explain the awkward silence.