07.02.2009 - 07.02.2009
Sofia Mnjoyan, one of our illustrious interns, celebrated her 23rd year of birth. She invited us to a party at her uncle's house where we were greeted with a plentiful spread, cake that reminded me of my youth in Glendale (the kind with the fruits inside and nuts on the side), and hoppin' and boppin' Armo-style.
The interns chipped in to buy a top that was "so Sofia!" In addition, we girls let our creativity flow with odes and songs written especially for the birthday girl. Talene wrote and recited a name poem ("S" is for..., "O" is for...).
Kathryn performed an awe-inspiring haiku that left us with questions about life and birth. Sweet innocent Liz from New Jersey got crunk with her "we're gonna party like it's your birthday" rap. And I, I delivered two personalized limericks.
I dug deep and poured out my heart and soul in these limericks.
The Texan-Armenian Sofia
Beautifully sang Ave Maria
And other such hymns
To no one’s chagrin
Until she grew tired of the idea.
(That was in reference to her "sharakan" singing at Haghpat Monastery, then quickly disappearing.)
There once was a girl studying pharmacy
Who traveled to Armenia across the sea
Where she met other interns
And explored without concerns
The eternal land of their ancestry.