“More important than my teeth” 

     Story by Shakila. Native language, Pashto. 

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When we received this story, there was no doubt that we would publish it. Half of the words were misspelled and every sentence had a mistake. But it is such a gift—as well as an amazing example of courage and the determination to try. — The Editors

ALL mothers are the best and my mother is one of them. My mother did lots of things for me. If my mother was not helping me, I would not be able to learn. When I wanted to go to school my father was not letting me. My mother cried and said to my father, “Please, let her go to school!”  I was in school one year and then I had to leave. I still wanted to learn. I wanted to talk with my teachers. But I didn’t have a computer [to talk with her overseas tutors by Skype]. 

     My mother worked hard to get money to make her teeth new because her teeth were destroyed. But then she bought me a computer with her money. She said, “I will find another money for teeth. Your studying is more important than my teeth.” When she said this I was near to crying. I wish you could see my mother. She is the best mother in the world. I wish all mothers were like my mother. I know that my spelling is wrong, but one day I will learn in a good way to write and speak.

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