|Dilijan State College where I teach English as a Peace Corps volunteer TEFL|
|Remnants of damage in Dilijan following earthquake centered in Spitake, Armenia in 1988|
So what was gained from today’s earthquake? Personally, an increased awareness and recognition of where we are and the fact that a disaster could actually occur comes to mind. I will now keep my purse, passport, cash, shoes, and our Go Bag in better availability and state of preparation in case of the need to hastily vacate our location. David will do similarly. We will critically look at our living space to see if changes need to be made in placement of furniture, for safety’s sake. And, the experience of actual tremors being felt in our town makes me appreciate the tedious routine of consolidation drills and other safety and security requirements of Peace Corps because we really might need this training in the future .No one knows, but preparation is prudent.
As I walked home from school, I passed several clumps of purple irises just now beginning to bloom. These lovely flowers remind me of Tennessee and they grow without care here, amongst dilapidated, Soviet Union era buildings, and in gardens long abandoned by owners. The iris is a herald of spring both in Armenia and in the U. S. They brighten the day and inspire thankfulness for their beauty and for the day which began with a potential disaster yet progressed to one of calm and introspection. May this type of day continue and may we all be grateful for it. Judy
|Example of houses in Dilijan. Can you imagine what a strong earthquake might do to these buildings?|
|Purple Iris in Armenia......remind me of Tennessee and provide a bright splash of springtime hope.|