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Shut in but not shut off, we persevere in the Armenian way

Like everyone, Robyn and I are in a bit of a tizzy as we adjust to what we all hope are the temporary cautions and inconveniences of life during a pandemic.

Who imagined that we’d ever see aisles of empty shelves in our grocery stores? Crazier still, who imagined we’d have to worry about walking into a grocery store without masks over our noses and disinfectant wipes in our hands?

At least we all had some warning. The experts advised everyone to prepare for the siege by stocking up on hearty staples such as beans, chickpeas, lentils and rice.

In other words, welcome to a typical Armenian pantry!

So with a few minor adjustments, cooking goes on as usual here in The Armenian Kitchen. We both find it an excellent distraction from the day’s less pleasant news. Robyn baked several trays of simit just this morning, and I have been happily eating my way through them all afternoon.

Robyn’s Simit

That will allow her further distraction by baking something else tomorrow. It is the least I can do in this time of crisis.

Of course, none of this vanquishes the anxiety we’re all experiencing at what is usually a joyous time of renewal. For us, Easter Sunday always means church followed by dinner with family and friends. This year will be different in many ways.

We will do our best to stay positive as well as healthy, certain that there is light in the world even when we can’t see it.

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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