The pic above is my beautiful Mom in Baghdad when she was 6 months pregnant with me. She is originally from Jaffa, Palestine but her family left to Iraq when she was young. My Mother was 23 when she gave birth to me. I was her first born in Baghdad when my father was away in Iowa. My grandfather named me Usama. Once when I was young, I felt such deep love for my mother that I cried silently to myself.