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By David Kherdian

David Kherdian re-creates his mother's voice in telling the genuine tale of a adolescence interrupted via some of the most devastating holocausts of our century. Vernon Dumehjian Kherdian used to be born right into a loving and wealthy relatives. Then, within the yr 1915, the Turkish govt begun the systematic destruction of its Armenian inhabitants.

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Sure enough, we were home. Yeghsa came running to meet us, clutching our doll. ” “I have to go now, Grandma,” I said, trying to be respectful and not show my excitement because I was dying to run and play with my little sister and be silly again. ”—my grandmother, my two aunts, my mother, and Hrpsime and I. Mother and Aunt Lousapere would dress us in white, and then we would set out on foot, carrying our bundles, which included fluffy white towels, clogs 25 inlaid with mother-of-pearl, peshdimbals (wine and ocher striped sheets of fine silk), a golden pitcher for pouring water, oranges for us, and for the adults pickled cabbages, called tourshi, which would be eaten after our baths.

This was the first time I had seen a walled city, and I was fascinated. I liked the 35 square towers, and I was hoping to see people in them; but they were all empty. ” Yeghisapet asked. Father turned around and smiled, and suddenly everyone laughed in a kind of hysterical relief. “As a matter of fact someone is buried here,” Father said. “Do you see that bright green tower in the distance? Well, that is the burial site of Hazret Mevlana Rumi. ” Mother said, interrupting Father. “Because they are young and their minds are still open.

We took bedding materials and cooking 31 utensils and a few other bare necessities. I also noticed that Father had bought packs and knapsacks, and I wondered why we would need them since our wagon was big enough for all of us to ride in. I saw that Father had harnessed our two strongest horses. We had already delivered all our precious items to Grandma’s house for safekeeping while we were gone. Did this mean we would be coming back? This was a topic no one was willing to discuss. But we couldn’t just leave these things in our homes, which everyone said would not remain unoccupied while we were gone.

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