The Day of Abbas Kiarostami's Passing - two years on


Two years ago on July 4th, we were driving to San Luis Obipspo. We were so excited as were going to stay at the famous Madonna Inn. We were listening to Sinatra in the car when a text message came. I asked Rojina to check it for me, she said, there is nothing important but her face went pale. I knew something horrible must have happened. Sarina gets the phone to read me the message. Rojina breaks to tears. I get hysteric :

-what’s it Rojina?

- pull over mommy! I won't tell you till you pull over.

I pullled over . She was crying so hard:

-it’s Mr. Kiarostami!

-What ?

-Mr. Kiarostami passed away!

I get off the car and scream, scream and scream. No crying just scream! Rojina calls my brother , he tries to comfort me but I don’t hear half of his words. Sarina and Rojina hug me for a very long time. Finally I’m able to hold it together and get back behind the wheel.

- Play “ My way” that is all I want to listen to, as for sure Kiarostami did it his way more than any one else I’ve known!

And we hit the road again listening to Sinatra’s heavenly voice:

“And so I face the final curtain

My friend, I'll say it clear

I'll state my case, of which I'm certain

I've lived a life that's full

I've traveled each and every highway

But more, much more than this

I did it my way!”

Today, two years have passed!

            M. Z. B.



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