In a few years, this little girl will be a woman who will make small demands on life, who will never burden others, who will never let on that she too has had sorrows, disappointments, dreams that have been ridiculed. A woman who will be like a rock in a riverbed, enduring without complaint, her grace not sullied but shaped by the turbulence that washes over her.
-Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
This is one of my favorite parts of the novel. It is when Laila visits Mariam’s Kolba at the end of the book. This description of Mariam floors me. It is sublime.
This post is a silent acknowledgment of all Mariams of all races.