My world grew larger when my father left his teaching position at the University of Southern California to lead the establishment of a School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Tehran. I have always felt that those young years in Iran gave me an enthusiasm for history and new experiences and a love for a country where as a child I knew only warmth, humor, and hospitality.After we moved from Tehran to Geneva, I picked up an interest in languages and applied my efforts to French, German, and Latin. Later, in college, I wavered between linguistics and history, eventually deciding to major in biology at the University of Pittsburgh where I met my husband, Charles. I think I wanted to take everything in the catalog at one time or another, but there comes a time when choices must be made.Yet sometimes we find a chance to try the road not taken, and so in 2008 I began a doctoral program after a enjoyable career as a laboratory technologist and then as a system analyst (I fell in love with computers at first sight). Somehow this all meshed with being a wife, mother of four, and grandmother of nine. As the children graduated from college, I renewed my languages and took night classes to obtain a master of history degree at California State University, Fullerton. My husband and I traveled as much as we could, sometimes with my Dad, sometimes with a child or grandchild or two, and often just the Charles and I. In June, 2014, I completed my doctoral studies at the University of California, Irvine, at the age of 68.