Residence: Los Angeles, California
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/15/2018
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Western Armenian
Item (direct transcription):
May you grow old sleeping on one pillow.
The informant learned this blessing from his grandfather, who told it to him when he got married.
This blessing is meant to be given at a wedding. After the informant’s grandfather grew too old to attend weddings and eventually passed away, the informant took it upon himself to perpetuate the blessing by telling it at family members’ weddings.
This blessing has a simple, literal, and obvious meaning. Clearly, its power comes not from its unique insight or wit, but rather from its emotional connection to a beloved and deceased family member.