As a first time parent, you are mostly worried about your baby sleeping and eating. When the Egypt Revolution began just 3 weeks after I had my daughter was born in Cairo, I was trying to get her to sleep to the sound of gunshots. As I was reading aloud, there were military tanks roaring down my street. It was not the parenting experience I had imagined in my head during all those months of pregnancy.
Like many of you, I read parenting books about brain development, sleeping strategies, etc. However, not one of the parenting books did it give any advice about what to do with an infant during a civil war and a government being overthrown.
All over Cairo, grocery stores were running out of food and water, the ATMs were empty, and the internet and phone lines were shut down. The country was crumbling before my very eyes, and I had no choice but to evacuate. So 3 1/2 weeks after my C-section, I flew by myself over 7,000 miles home to California with a 3 week old with an emergency passport.
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The massive characters are seared with scars.”
– Khalil Gibran
Overcome Trauma by Reading Books
Over the next couple of years, I did not talk about our evacuation at all, and when I did, I wasn’t able to talk without crying. I thought I would never get over the trauma. It was only when I connected reading to my experience in Cairo that the healing began. I started reading books myself and to my daughter about overcoming obstacles and turning a negative experience into good.
I needed to apply the transformative power of storytelling to myself. When I began to read, it changed me as a person, and a parent. I found that I could overcome trauma by reading and finding hope in the stories of others who had also experienced trauma.
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