Look at this stunner. Madarjoon was doing the Persian poof way before the trend and subsequent ban in Iran. 🏻♀️ This is an ID picture, but not just any ID picture of Madarjoon. When I came across this picture I thought it was for her passport or some sort of picture taken for government documentation. Nope! I was wrong. According to my mom this picture was an ID picture for night classes. Madarjoon wasn’t formally educated in her “youth” since she was married and had her first child by 18. She eventually went back to finish an Iranian equivalent of a GED at about 30 years old with 5 kids at home. She took care of her home, kids, and school work. Who knew her daughter, my mom, would go on to work full-time, go to school full-time, raise a child, run a household, AND get A’s 20 years later in America. Nothing gets in the way of education. Madarjoon loved reading and even picked up reading Arabic in order to properly read the Quran. I vividly remember she would joke when someone would talk over her or try to pull a fast one over her she would say, “Well, what do I know I’m uneducated🤷🏻♀️” = “بیسواد” with such a humble response, most would quickly realize she was not simple minded housewife. Those that didn’t recognize her intelligence usually proved themselves to be fools. She was always aware of people’s intentions. She typically just didn’t want to hear it. She had a big heart. My paternal grandmother and Madarjoon were good life long friends, so when my paternal grandmother passed away almost 21 years ago, Madarjoon took my dad under her wing. Even after my parents’ divorce, Madarjoon and dad would exchange letters over the decades even though it would usually take months to deliver & receive them. They could easily pick up the phone but both of them liked keepsakes and the charm of snail mail. It’s an interesting experience to look up the branches of my family tree to discover what little pieces and charms I’ve inherited from each little limb of the family tree. I’ve luckily inherited the appreciation for keepsakes, my ability to vogue/smize for ID pics, and finally, most importantly my appreciation for education.
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