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Tuesday, August 8, 2006
A real welcome
About a dozen years ago, I bought my first home, the little house I live in now. It felt so grand and when I walked along the street, I knew I was smiling. One day soon after moving in, my son and I were out and about and ran into a lively neighbor named Rosella Kurkjian. Mrs. Kurkjian passed away last week. At the time, I didn't know her, but I knew that she was the mother of a Globe reporter. She insisted we come inside.
At her kitchen table, she fed us. Cheoreg, Armenian sweet rolls, were still warm on the counter. She insisted we taste her homemade yogurt. She wrapped up food for us to take home. "Stop by and say hello," she instructed us, and to my son, "I always bake. Ring the doorbell when you come home from school."
He did! And I stopped often to say hello; her greeting was always so warm. Certainly there are women all over Boston neighborhoods who are like Mrs. Kurkjian. But I had never met one. I drive by her house and it seems sad that the lights are out.