Momon arrived in Rochester on May 12, 2009.
While watching the fireworks on the night of July third, Momon and I began talking about the history of the Independence Day and how Canada became independent on July 1, the United States claimed its independence on July 4, and the United Kingdom had many colonies. Then we got into the topic of 1953 coup d’état in Tehran, and how Britain fooled CIA into eliminating Mossadeq. During this discussion I learned from Momon, that Baba (my dad) was a member of the Toudeh Party, which was the Communist party in Iran at that time. Turns out Baba had hidden his Communist Party identification card inside a picture frame that my mom didn’t like much, so she decided to re-frame the photo. She took the picture frame to the corner photography shop and selected a new frame. When she returned couple of days later to pick up the new frame, the photographer told her that she’d better get rid of the card. Had the shopkeeper been an evil person, he would have reported my dad to the authorities and perhaps he would have been jailed and even killed.