Why does this number all of a sudden have a significance..SO much that I decided to begin my log with it? Well, my friends, this is a very good question. Those of you who already know... (shhhhhhhhh)...everyone else, keep reading! ------> On Sunday March 3, Los Angeles held its 17th annual Marathon! Once again, this year a Pyunic member from Armenia arrived to participate in this annual tradition. Who is she? She is a 16 year old young girl from Gyumri, Armenia. But guess what....she didn't run or walk the marathon.... she was one of the 45 wheelers that morning.
When I first met her, I didn't really know what to expect. Having spent A LOT of time with last year's and the year before's athletes who were here for the Marathon, I knew how dedicated these representatives were.... The effort they put in to train throughout the year is incredible! Greta came into the room, and after seeing her smile, I forgot my own nervousness. She's a quiet, modest, yet funny and intelligent young female... yet her life has been anything BUT funny and quiet. When the earthquake hit Gyumri in 1988, Greta was the only survivor in her family. It was Greta's grandmother who dug up Greta's little 2 yr old body from the rubble... this being the reason why Greta lost both her legs. I couldn't help but imagine what life must've been like growing up in those hard times, and to come out AHEAD of all those more privelaged than you (physically, emotionally and financially)..... THAT
for me is respectable and admirable. Not to mention to represent your country and be the only 16 year old to pariticpate in Sunday's Marathon as a wheeler.... Greta continued, even when she SOOO wanted to stop. Her determination and will power is a reminder that, no matter what... WE MUST GO ON!!!! (I wanted to post pictures along with this log, but I don't know how to do that - Ara......can i get a quick tutorial? :) So, we're very excited to have Greta here, and on March 22nd, we will have a nice big celebration with all of the paralympic participants at the Roccocco in Old Town Pasadena. (If anyone is interested, e-mail me!)
As for everything else, I'm quite busy with school.... we were just able to get our summer trip to Armenia approved with administration!!! YAY! So now 20 students will go to Armenia this summer and take part in courses at the Yerevan Bedagan Hamalsaran... it should be a great experience! Oh ya, and mid-terms are coming! ahhhhhhhh! This is the time where I deeply regret having so many classes, but when it's all over, very thankful that I was able to pull it off. :) Spring break should be a GREAT opportunity to wind down and take a breather. I will be going up to San Francisco with my cousin to visit my sister up there for 5 days....something to look forward to in the next couple of weeks!
This Sunday, there's going to be a "Youth Forum" in our community. This is the first event in this particular community (La Canada, La Crescenta, Montrose, Tujunga, Sunland).... we're going to be discussing issues that concern the youth here - meaning ----> all things TABOO! It will be a great opportunity to actually meet the different youth who live in the SAME area, and establish contacts, so that when things like "fights at school" or "discrimination" occurs (which they do on a daily basis) we can have a place to discuss it, but more importantly, a group to DO something about it. Together, we can help the Armenian youth realize that drugs aren't the answer, car racing is extremely dangerous and that Armenians really aren't that much better than anyone else out there - so we can get down from that high horse and treat others how we'd like to be treated! I'll definitely let you know how this goes.... but in the meantime, if you're someone who lives in the immediate area - PLEASE JOIN US!!! (email me for time/place info)
Ok, I shall go start Friday.... I have mixed feelings about the weekends. I used to LOVE them, cause it meant, no driving to northridge! But now I'm not too sure... it ends up being so hectic ANYWAY!