Friday, May 21, 2010

On Resisting All Iranian Social Pressures: To wear black on special occasions

Here is the tail end of an interview of an American woman married to an Iranian. -gw
Tell us a funny story about a cultural difference that you experienced.
My husband is an architect, so at the time, our house had pristine white modern walls with a minimalist design. When my husband's father first came to stay with us from Iran (he had been unable to get a visa for many years) he came through the front door, he looked around the house somehow not realizing the great architectural statement we were trying to make, and very kindly offered to hammer a nail into the wall as it seemed there was no place for him to hang his hat.
What advice would you give to other girls who are engaged to an Iranian man?
Learn to speak Persian, you life will be easier. Resist all Iranian social pressure to: wear black on all special occasions, demand your children become doctors or engineers, haggle with a shop keeper down to the lowest price (your future husband can do that!). Relax, and become part of the family very quickly.
Live life Persian style - Marrying an Iranian man - Interview with Jean

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