...is something the Turks are experts at. Put them in any situation and they will always tell a bigger/better/worse story later. I'm trying not to generalise too much, because for the sake of my Turkish readers, I'm not saying every Turk is prone to exaggerating, but in my 15 plus years of experience here, an awful lot are. I find men are the worst.
Mr A does it all the time. I'm used to it and take a lot of his stories with a huge pinch of salt. I think he, and others, like to make their lives a little more exciting than they actually are.
Take illness, for example. I am pretty sure "Manflu" was invented by the Turks. Womanflu of course consists of feeling absolutely rough, but still carrying on regardless. Manflu is much worse necessitating a lot of sniffing, coughing, moaning, taking to his bed and the expectation that his woman will become nurse and administer to his every need.
What about headaches? I get them from time to time. I take a paracetomol or ibubrofen if it's really bad, then carry on as usual. Mr A has been known to go to the hospital with a headache on several occasions so that he can get instant relief by means of a painkilling injection.
Earlier this week when Mr A was out working on the wall, something went in his eye. Not sure what, but it was slightly bloodshot. I had some eye drops at home, so he used these for a few days. Well to be precise I had to put the drops into his eye because he couldn't manage by himself. It's no longer bloodshot, but he says it still feels like there is something in his eye.
He took himself off to the hospital this morning to get it checked out. Later he phoned me to say he was about to undergo an operation on his eye. When I questioned him further I established that in fact there was a miniscule piece of grit in his eye and trying to wash it out had failed to remove it. So the doctor was going to remove it with tweezers. If I wasn't so used to his exaggerating I would have thought that he was about to be carted off to the operating theatre.
I have no doubt of course that he will need a few days to recover from his "operation"...poor man!
What is it that people say? If men were able to have babies, they'd only ever have one.