Letters from Armenia

GOR – 5/11/2023

This week’s letter, written by his mother on his behalf, is from Gor,* who is sponsored by Armenian American veterans.  

* We use only the first names of the children to protect their privacy. 


Dear Sponsor,  

This is Gor, born on July 4, 2008 in Yeghegnadzor city. I was the first-born in the family. I am sure that my birth brought light and happiness to my parents’ lives. I love to talk about them. 

My father was a very kind, hardworking, honest, and extremely patriotic person. He wanted to see the same qualities in me. He was an officer in the Armenian army. During his service, he would be away often. I was waiting impatiently for his home leaves, because he would turn our days into holidays, fill the time with joy, so that the homework would seem easier and studying more fun. When I try to talk about myself, I unintentionally divide it to the present and the past. I want to find myself in the past where I was happy, without a care or tears. There wasn’t anything that I couldn’t get, because I had my dad – the pillar and hope of our household.  

It is difficult for me to describe myself, and for that reason I want to remember my father’s words. He used to tell me that I was capable, smart, organized, sensitive, and a little grumpy. He wanted to see me more determined and goal-oriented. He would say that a real boy has to serve in the army, defend his mother and sister, and withstand any difficulties. I repeat his words in my mind every day in order to remember them always and to use them as my life’s guiding light.  

I don’t know yet what profession I will choose in the future, but I know one thing for sure. Whatever I do, I shouldn’t be mediocre in that area.  

My letter came out a little long. When I started it, I didn’t realize how much longing was in my heart.  

Thank you, dear Sponsor, for giving me the opportunity to speak up my heart…