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A Memorable Encounter

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on May 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM

One of the first people to attend my first presentation, March 2013, was a very tiny, elderly woman named Emma Latchinian.  She told me that she took two buses to get to the UC Center, where the Armenian Exhibition Hall is housed.  In Fresno, taking a bus is not an easy maneuver, but she did it.  I chatted with her a bit before I began my talk and was enamored by her quaint charm.  At the end of the talk, she came up to me and told me how much she enjoyed the presentation.  But what she said next has stayed with me since.  She told me "antaram menas."  The word "antaram," which is the base of my last name, means, "everlasting."  In essence, she told me to "be everlasting,"  and continue the work that I am doing, as defined by the meaning of my family name.  Thank you Emma, I shall do that.

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