|Lucky welcomed us to our son's home in Las Vegas .|
|David, daughter Flora and my 96 year old father|
It was fun to see my niece’s little girls growing up into beautiful, inquisitive, involved young women with so much potential ahead of them. Unlike the girls and women of Armenia, Gracie and Livvy have a wide-open field of opportunities to pursue as they mature, and based upon observation, they will go at life whole-heartedly and with confidence. Dave’s sister continues with her life as she approaches her 40th anniversary as a nurse in various roles at Aspen (CO) General Hospital. Although not planning retirement right away, she is already an icon for the nursing profession as she is the last nurse in her institution to wear her nursing school cap and a white uniform complete with white hose and shoes------no scrubs for E. O.! As a retired nurse myself, I know how hard she works and how much of herself she gives to her work and her patients. A final joy came as Dave and I visited with an elderly aunt. Aunt Mary Nola has been our most faithful snail-mail correspondent during Peace Corps service. She is curious and interested in where we are, what we are doing and seeing, and what we’ll do next. She relishes and saves all of my letters, postcards, and momentos and showed me the old Compton’s Encyclopedia from which she gained information about Armenia. I promptly promised to send her more updated reading material which would reflect Armenia as a free and independent Republic, not the country of which she read which was ruled by the Soviet Union. Though affected with arthritis and the care of an ill husband, she laughs and jokes readily and has wonderful stories to tell about her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of which there are many. She is a joy to know.
|Beautiful snow fall soon after our return to Dilijan|
|Small market owner who knows us and greets us every day. She is an example of the joyous people we have met in our town|
|A few neighborhood children who were glad to see us return to Dilijan|