Monday, November 29, 2010

Armenian Adoption Adventure- What is an Armenian Family?

The Armenian Family (a brief snapshot)

Darn, I paid $50,000 to be an Armenian family...too bad it isn't working.
What is an Armenian Family?
When Argam arrived he was disappointed at the home of the Armenian child. It was obvious they were not an Armenian family but an American mix of no culture. The home was decorated with no Icons or Katchkars from Armenia and no displays of Armenian culture.
The home in upscale suburban section of Washington DC, (Maryland) had no usual Armenian hospitality of excessive food laid out. The traditional basturma, soujuk, fruits was no where to be found or the Armenian aroma of classic traditional Armenian dishes. Argam, was bewildered by the lack of Armenian spoke in the home and no reference to a local Armenian group or Armenian Church that this family was obviously not an associated with.
Upon meeting the family, he was further disappointed to see that the Mother could not speak any Armenian or had no knowledge of Armenian hospitality. The children were typical American children with no knowledge of Hayr Mer or the traditional blessing of food before they ate dinner.
As he left the house of strangers, the taking of pictures to capture the moment and declare some kind of deep friendship was thrust upon Argam and his son. Argam was cordial and agreed to the photos, but is bewildered how a non-Armenian family was able to claim to be Armenian. They don’t pray in Armenian, and have no ties to Armenia except what they pay for.
Argam left and went to an Armenian café where he had the traditional Armenian coffee and desserts.
The hospitality of Armenian people is known all over the world. Each time a happy event occurs people throw a party for relatives, friends, colleagues etc. Drinking and eating is a must; if you refuse you are not among the ones who share the joy. The more often you throw a feast (on any occasion) the more you will get in return, Armenians sincerely believe.

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