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    Posted June 3, 2014 by
    Greenville, South Carolina
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    Your modern family

    Culture Shock

    On August 14th, 1964, a fifteen year old young man from Tehran left everything behind and boarded a flight to the U.S. in search of the American Dream. His first stop was Washington D.C. where he struggled to make ends meets by bussing tables, driving a taxi cab, and chauffeuring for the Togolese Embassy. It was here that he met a young Mexican woman who was visiting her brother in the apartment next door and developed an interest in her even though they did not have a common language. As their relationship developed so did their unique communication style of broken English and sign language. They later married and started a family in Manassas, Virginia and the young man decided to pursue flight school. It was here when he realized that his dream was finally taking shape. As their children grew up, they provided the best life possible and they can proudly say that they have raised three educated, successful, and kindhearted children. To them, this was the ultimate confirmation that their dream was realized.

    My family is an amazing blend of the most diverse individuals and epitomizes today's modern family. They came together in 1968 without even a common language. This union gave way to 3 children who were raised in the Deep South of the United States. This coming together of four cultures (Persian, Hispanic, American, Southern) forced us to navigate the world in a different way and learn to do a lot of things that other people didn’t have to learn.

    This multicultural story is a brief snapshot of two people from entirely different worlds coming together to form one dream-an American Dream. This year we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the arrival of my parents to this wonderful country. It would be lovely to commemorate their union by having them highlighted on CNN.

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