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  • My grandparents died when my Dad was only a teenager. I never got to play with them. They never came to pick me up after school. I never got told the great words of wisdom everyone else’s grandparents told them. It is only natural that I didn't feel connected to them.

    But when helping my mom clean up the room today, I came a cross a small jewelry box under the bed. It belonged to my grandmother. It was like I’d found treasure. As I slowly and curiously opened the metal box, small rusted particles fell off the sides making a creaking noise. My nose was instantaneously filled with the aroma from the 6 different Ittar (natural perfume oil) bottles that were in the box. Most of them were empty but it still smelled better the best of ittars in the houses. Dad says, the older they are, the better (like wine). Other contents included a handful of different ‘charhaaye huway dhaagay’ (threads), a piece of cloth from some sacred place (or so my Dad believes), a surma daani (mascara), khaak-e-shifa (sacred sand of Karbala), a six faced die, a penny, a heart shaped stone and a key to an unknown lock.

    However, the most precious of them all was the envelope that lie underneath everything else. With it’s paper turned stale yellow of time, the folded envelope had coffee stains and torn edges. I carefully opened it to reveal my grandparents’ marriage certificate, dated 1st October, 1944.
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