Iran was/ Iran is.

Summers in Iran used to be about swimming all day and napping all afternoon. They used to be filled with everyone in one place all the time, whether it was lunch at his house or dinner at her place. Parties were all the rage, even if family parties in Iran can often mean nothing more than a giant kickback with a lot of rice and tea. 

Summers in Iran used to be about relaxing, reading 12 books in 7 weeks, trying new restaurants and getting friends souvenirs.

Now, a trip to Iran is about seeing the family we haven't seen in months. Simple as that. No fluff, no frills. It was a wonderful childhood while it lasted, and although I refuse to believe or feel like I've entered adulthood (trust me I haven't), i just need to accept this new purpose.