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|A father is a guiding light
By Lucine Kasbarian, Armenian Weekly, 4 May 2023
By deciding to recycle Uncle Garabed’s Notebook in print editions of The Armenian Weekly for one year following his death, Pauline Getzoyan and Leeza Arakelian gifted us regular visits from The Old Man in our first year of mourning. May 5, 2023 would have been his 95th birthday, and this May 8th will mark one year since “C.K. Garabed’s” passing.
The day he departed the earth, CK repeated a favorite quotation from writer Vladimir Nabokov. “Life is such a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.” CK was never short on words to inspire us, comfort us, afflict us and make us think.
Indeed, CK is still with us every day. While it was a relief to know that he would not have to live with the new burdens we Armenians and global citizens are enduring this year, his ubiquitous presence is still immensely felt. Even from above, CK routinely lets us know he’s watching, standing in support, offering his opinion and often guiding our actions if we were to ask ourselves, “in this circumstance, what would CK do?”
If CK were with us now, here are 10 things he would say to keep us keen and sober:
Thanks, Hairig. Happy Birthday.
One of CK’s favorite coffee mugs
Wonderful and much deserved tribute to Uncle Garabed, a rare talent. We Armenian Americans need more writers and activists like him. One way to do that is to support Keghart.
A beautiful, inspiring tribute by a daughter who, herself, is a bright light in contemporary Armenian culture.