There have been many memorable 4th of July weekends like watching fireworks on a boat in Lake Tahoe or in 1994 hanging out with friends before my senior year in high school, but nothing compares to my 4th of July weekend last year. It all started at 1:30 in the morning when my pregnant wife woke me up and told me it’s time. Twelve hours later, we had a beautiful baby boy named Andrew. It was a moment that I never thought would come. The wonderful nurse put Andrew in my arms and with tears coming down my face I met my boy. It’s been an incredible year and I can’t believe he’s here.
A couple of words about the United States.
Where else but America could a kid from Iran who has a speech impediment and cannot hold a pen become a writer and a speaker? Only in America. If I was in Iran, my parents told me that I could not even go out of the house. People would stare at me and I would not have any kind of life. When I go out, one of the things I don’t have to think about is whether or not there will be a ramp, or not. It’s almost assumed and that is amazing! It’s one less thing I have to think about. I was able to attend one of the most prestigious colleges on the west coast. I am able to be a part of society. That is awesome and as you fire up the BBQ this weekend I want you to think about the freedom that you have in the U.S.
Happy 4th of July!