Larisa Paremuzyan

International Women's Day: It's the Sentiment that Counts

Flower vendors in Alaverdi about the slow trade today, despite it being International Women’s Day. Mrs. Neli, who sells her colourful flowers from a small store next to Sayat Nova Square told us that business had dropped from previous years. Rasident Razmik Mouradyan said he still hadn’t bought a gift for his wife. "I’ve been running late, but I’ll pick up a few flowers for her on the way home." During the one hour we were in the shop only one man, Serouzhan Hovsepyan, stepped inside looking for something to give his wife. He added that finances were tight but that he wanted to get her something in addition to flowers. A young man stopped to chat with us. "Flowers, shmowers, I don’t know what to get the wife. I gave her some money. Let her spend it on whatever suits her fancy." Of course, on this beautiful holiday, it’s not how many flowers one buys, but rather the thought that counts. Even one rose, presented with sincerity and a kind word, is more than enough to say you care. (The first IWD was observed on February 28, 1909, in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America)