New Year's Eve in Hayasdan... there are no words to describe the feeling of being with a group of people who have taken a huge step in their lives to bring their families to Hayasdan, despite all the "hard" times or rather differences of lifestyles. I found myself envying all those people I spent the evening with... and hopefully I will be one of them too soon! :)
Today I went to the Zeitoon orphanage with other AYF members from the LA area, and our Santa passed out candy and other gifts Nigol and Zabelle had collected. The kids who were there today were the ones whose families hadn't taken them "home" for the holidays, or who really had no family. Being there made me want to become so many different things all at once. I wanted to be a mom to them all, a caretaker, a provider, a teacher, and especially a translator for Artur, who is deaf and mute. At that moment, I thought perhaps I could find it in me to go back to school and learn that new language, so I'd be able to help other Artur-s. Hearing the story about how 3 children were found living in a cemetary... my eyes were filled, and I wished I could find each of those beautiful children a home... I used to be one of those people who was not ok with the idea of children being adopted to parents out of Armenia... but today I learned something very important. It doesn't matter where "home" might be... as long as a child is surrounded by love and has somewhere to call home.. that's all that matters in reality.
I also remembered something else after leaving the orphanage... to all those young Armenians living in the diaspora (one in particular in LA) who don't believe there is any reason to come to Armenia other than PERHAPS a 10 day vacation... I wish they would experience a similar visit to the mangadoon.
Another random thing... this morning I watched Tata's music video for "Janabarh" and it seriously made me realize that there ARE some people who understand that feeling of having to return to hayasdan... watch and you will see...
I hope the New Year brings everyone the best of experiences...
p.s. - (gadagi pajeen) Armenia is the only place in the world where a "wrong-number" phone call can become a 20 min pleasant conversation! hahaha