From Dublin: In memory

My nana, Lena Saad, was the single strongest person I knew, or could ever imagine knowing.

She passed away this morning.

I can’t imagine the thought of getting through the day—any day—knowing she’s not there.  I can’t imagine staying however many thousands of miles from home, in a strange country, away from my family and close friends.  I can’t imagine finishing out this program.

But yesterday, Nana told my dad that she wanted me to stay, to finish out the program, if anything happened to her.

Knowing that, that’s the only way I can stay.  In her honor, in her memory, in her legacy, I will be strong.

Rest in Peace Lena Loretta Saad, 11/21/26-7/17/10.  I love you, Nana.