A Calm Storm

The blog of Sholeh Samadani Munion


I was born on a Sunday.

One of my favorite stories is about when my parents brought me home from the hospital. My parents put me in my crib, and they say (here my dad always jumps in and states that I was very aware of my surroundings, even though I was only a few days old) that I stared at them with my “big brown eyes” and looked so sad that they couldn’t bear to leave me by myself that night.

Mom & Dad, thank you for not leaving me alone that night and every night after, thank you for being the most amazing parents in the world. I miss you guys so much, especially today. To my sister Niki…you are wonderful, and I am so proud of you. To my sister Gloria…I miss our shared birthdays when we were little, and having a “partner in crime”. 🙂

My coordinator suggested that I eat Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate ice cream with raspberry sauce for breakfast today…so I did. It was delicious. I enjoyed a wonderful (slightly off-key) rendition of “Happy Birthday” in the sherut this morning on the way to work. I will spend the evening at my flat with friends, it will be a “quieter” birthday than usual, and I am so very, very happy.


9 thoughts on “Today

  1. Happy birthday, Sholeh!!! You are a beautiful, strong, intelligent, amazing woman and I am sooo lucky to know you. See you tonight!

  2. Sholeh,

    I know it’s been forever since we had any contact but I just realized that today is your birthday and I wanted to send me best wishes. I trust all is well with you, and I hope you have a wonderful birthday!


  3. The most delectable & delightful of birthdays to you, dear Sholeh! I’m so very glad that things are going so well for you and that, although you’re away from your immediate family on your special day, you will be surrounded by wonderful members of your spiritual family who I have no doubt love you dearly! Hugs and best wishes! 🙂

  4. Ow my… how cute is this story. Cutie patootie *pinch baby Sholeh’s cheeks* Just so you know this birthday may be a quiet bday but next year! God willing we will rock the heck out of it! Ow you have been warned.

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