There are many things of worth in life and to Lilit Zadoyan, junior, family is one of them. Zadoyan comes from an Armenian-American family and her native language is Armenian. Armenia borders Turkey and is near the Caspian of the Black Sea.
“Family get togethers happen all the time, like huge family get togethers! Most people do just Christmas, but we have one all the time. It’s a huge, big thing and we have big food. We host a bunch. We Skype all the time,” said Zadoyan.
Zadoyan’s father is from Armenia, while her mother is from the United States. Her parents’ love story starts with pure “coincidence.” Her parents met on a trip her mother was taking around the world. She was originally was supposed to go to Turkey, but last minute decided on a change of plans; and headed to Armenia. They met at a hotel where he worked and she stayed at. From there, they fell in love.
Zadoyan’s parents then moved to the United States. They still talked to their extended family regularly. For a bit of time, her father’s mother, Hripsime, lived with her, but once she moved out, Zadoyan found so did her Armenian language.
“My grandma moved away, so I wasn’t speaking it as much and we kinda stopped speaking it, because my dad stopped speaking it as much. But then, she came back and started speaking more. We take trips to California to see my aunt and almost everyone in Fresno speaks it,” said Zadoyan.
Although Zadoyan doesn’t go back to Armenia often due to the cost but, she still finds ways to cherish her family’s culture, through long Skype calls and candy making. These experiences have helped her live a different lifestyle than the mainstream “normal way.”