Explanations for little Fidan
By Eluja Atali
Little Fidan suddenly asked, “Do the Armenians wash their hands and face?”
The child’s unexpected question made me think. For there was no talk about the Armenians. She was watching TV and I was looking through her favorite tales. I read a tale to her every evening before she went to sleep.
“Yes, do the Armenians also wash their hands and face?”
"Why then do we call them "murdar"1?
She was only four, and that did not allow me to collect my thoughts and give the right answer.
Taking into account her age, I said, picking the words carefully, “You see, my little one, when a person has a filthy and nasty heart, that passes on to his entire body through his blood. No matter how much they wash their hands and face, they do not become clean. For water cannot cleanse any kind of dirt.”