After my birthday dinner, my host dad and I were outside, and he pretty much laid out his hopes and dreams for his kids. The world over, fathers want the same thing; a better future and life for their kids. Levon is no different. He methodically sacrifices for his kid’s and their futures. He understands that education is the key and he is willing to pay for it.
He told me that since his eldest son was in the sixth grade he has paid for tutors so he can get an edge. He has the highest hopes for his first-born. He says he takes walks sometimes simply thinking about his offspring’s futures and how he can help them. It was heart wrenching.
I have seen it time and time again in the States. Parents come to me almost in tears laying their hearts bare with their hopes and dreams for their kids. But the chasm between fathers and sons/ mothers and daughters is wide and deep. For some reason there is a labyrinth or maze that renders the communication indecipherable between the two. Levon doesn’t think his son gets it. He doesn’t think his son sees what opportunities abound for him.
And so it goes.