By Ellen Burstyn
By the point Ellen Burstyn arrived in long island to review appearing, she'd already labored as a Texas type version, a Montreal refrain lady, suffered various poisonous relationships, and simply as many identify alterations and non secular paths.
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Qxd 11/7/03 3:39 PM Page 32 32 FIROOZEH DUMAS Having exhausted our geographical clues, we would say, “You’ve heard of India, Japan, or China? ” We had always known that ours is a small country and that America is very big. But even as a seven-year-old, I was surprised that so many Americans had never noticed us on the map. Perhaps it’s like driving a Yugo and realizing that the eighteenwheeler can’t see you. In Iran, geography is a requirement in every grade. Since the government issues textbooks, every student studies the same material in the same grade.
The most exciting part of the trip was the many tunnels, which enabled us to pass through the Elburz Mountains to reach the Caspian. We knew we were almost there by the change in the climate: the closer we came, the fresher and crisper the air.
My father, whose cultlike devotion to Farshid rules out the possibility of questioning any of Farshid’s decisions, was very impressed that the camp cost $500 for two weeks. Anything that expensive has to be good, he repeatedly said. qxd 11/7/03 3:39 PM Page 44 44 FIROOZEH DUMAS ther. ” After signing up for Pine Lodge Mountain Summer Camp, I received a list of supplies I would need, none of which we owned. The following Saturday, my father and I set out for Montgomery Ward. My father, whose aversion to shopping is well known, believes anything that costs more than it did back in Ahwaz in 1946 is overpriced.
Lessons in Becoming Myself by Ellen Burstyn