I will talk a little about my family
My father is a full professor, he is one of the best consultant in his field.
He wanted me to continue my study for a PhD degree, but I always say "dad my husband suffered enough helping me at my under graduate study and at my Ms.C. degree, I should now look after him, and help my daughters to be valuable persons in our community".
My husband is one of the best helping and encouraging persons in my life. He assisted me all the time, and never complained from the difficult circumstances I passed through.
He used to prepare fast foods and make salads when he come back home earlier than me, he is always satisfied with the available cooking, unlike many other Iraqi husbands who think that food preparation is the main job of the women.
But these days the internet is taking him from us since he rarely remember to sit and talk with us, I wish this to be a temporary condition, he even eats in front of the computer.
My parents lives in Baghdad, they are only 400 km away from Mosul, but the road is very dangerous, and this is one of my main problems these days, which prevents me from travel and see them. There is always explosions and accidents along the road, besides the military convoy which delay the travel for many hours. There is no other choice to reach my parents, even the telephones are not working between us these days.
My mother is a housewife, she is very much concerned to observe the steps of each of her sons.
I had two brothers and two sisters.
My first brother is 5 years older than me. He had a PhD degree from England, I am the second child in the family. My two sisters are 5 and 10 years younger than me, the first is an engineer and the younger is a pharmacist, she had opened her own pharmacy one month ago.
My younger brother had MsC degree and he is a genius in his field, he is 15 years younger than me, I feel him as a sun more than a brother. He left Iraq few days ago, my family encouraged him, but on the other hand, we all are suffered from his leaving, especially my parents, since he was living with them, and he is the youngest son (who will never grow up).
He left Iraq because he can no longer bear the surrounding circumstances, and he would never be appreciated at our country but reversely he is in a danger these days.
I wish him a promising future, He deserve to be one of the greatest scientists in Iraq.
My daughter Najma is fond of him and he is her ideal symbol, she always consulted him and want to follow his advises, she even wants to leave Iraq and study out.
As you had noticed, my family is considered as one of the well educated. We all are engineers except one (the pharmacist) we had the following specialties, civil engg, architectural engg, surveying engg, chemical engg, environmental engg, and electrical engineering.
Our family consider the education essential for them, we didn't had any political directions in the previous period, we suffered from the low salaries before, now although our salaries were at least 4 times greater than before, but the number of years of service were the only concern now, this mean that the secondary school graduate had the same salary of the professor, if they have the same years of service, which doesn't encourage the students for the education, and discourage us from improvement.
I will speak about the routine days of our family in the next post.