90 Years... and me
The other day I was sitting and thinking about it, seriously. I look at my students, and I try to imagine what the generation they raise will be like. I reallyyyyy wonder how they will relate with that little girl's experience... if they will relate with it at all. Sometimes I think that even my students are sitting there and thinking.. "how stupid that we're learning about something in such detail that took place almost a 100 years ago". I'm hoping most don't think it.
Other than that, there are soooooooo many Genocide Events in the L.A. area. It's crazy! I will for sure be attending the biggest ones. I won't miss the Youth Rally (see flier below) at the Glendale Ararat Gym, because Dr. Samantha Powers will be speaking! (If you don't know who she is, she's a genocide historian from Harvard... very interesting!) I'll also be going to the march-protest from Arshak Dikranyan school to the Turkish Consulate. And of course, the new event organized this year at Glendale High School's field. There'll be a few other events here and there I'll go to, but these are the ones I think most people should attend.
One more thing... Sometimes I think about what all this means. I wonder why we do all this stuff. I think about what other things we could be doing instead. But reading this novel with my students, listening to stories of survivors on video, and having various discussions with my students (among other things) always bring me to the realization that we, as Armenians, really AREEEE awesome. We really HAVE come a long way. We WILL rise again. Turkey WILL recognize the genocide and pay reparations. We WILL live on the shores of Van again.