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Little by slow (or yavaş yavaş)

Gina DeRyke's avatar Gina DeRyke

Little by slow (or yavaş yavaş) has deep meaning for me, as it reflects my recovery journey. I am in recovery from an eating disorder, and I take things one day at a time, little by slow, yavaş yavaş. Yavaş yavaş is one of my favorite Turkish phrases--it means gradually, bit by bit, gentle (as in flowing water). I lived in Turkey for a season in my twenties, and one of the things that has always impacted me about Turkish culture is the beautiful interdependence and care for fellow humans. There is a saying in Turkey, bir fincan acı kahvenin kırk yıl hatırı vardır, which literally translates ‘a cup of bitter coffee has a memory of forty years.’ You can share a simple cup of coffee with a stranger and make a lifelong friend.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: .5 inches
  • Medium: Digital
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 20 inches