A Person of Consequence

Miriam wished for so much in those final moments. Yet as she closed her eyes, it was not regret any longer but a sensation of abundant peace that washed over her. She thought of her entry into this world, the harami child of a lowly villager, an unintended thing, a pitiable, regrettable accident. A weed. And yet she was leaving the world as a woman who had loved and been loved back. She was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian. A mother. A person of consequence at last. No. It was not so bad, Miriam thought, that she should die this way. Not so bad. This was a legitimate end to a life of illegitimate belongings. –Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Marine Sgt. Kimberly Nalepka and Lance Cpl. Victoria Rogers speak to students at a local school in Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on April 30. Nalepka and Rogers, members of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Female Engagement Team, visit medical clinics and schools on a regular basis.
Marine Sgt. Kimberly Nalepka and Lance Cpl. Victoria Rogers speak to students at a local school in Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on April 30. Nalepka and Rogers, members of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Female Engagement Team, visit medical clinics and schools on a regular basis.