The item I kept from Pakistan is two forms of Pakistani currency. As the years go by, I am reminded of growing up carefree in the streets of Karachi with my large family. Growing up, my family was middle class, so we were able to afford nicer things than people around us. Karachi has a wide mix of people from beggars on the corner to rich government men. Since I was middle class, we did not realize the struggle of daily life. After coming to America, the economy of Pakistan dropped even lower and made the money we ran around with in our pockets as children literally nonexistent. As I view this money, I am reminded of much simpler times in which Pakistani people were able to afford to live, but now must struggle for.
Samrina Hussiani, born in Karachi, Pakistan [paper currency]