Family Hero part 2

When we went to Lebanon with the whole family three years ago, we went to the National Museum of Beirut and visited the sarcophagus of King Ahiram. I couldn't believe the strong emotional impact it had on me to stand so close to the tomb of the real Ahiram. I had to remind myself numerous times that this was not the relic of the Ahiram I knew, but it sure felt like it was! It was very moving, and I realized then that this character had definitely become important to our family. He was our Ahiram.

Author Michael Joseph Murano standing in front of the sarcophagus of King Ahiram, at the National Museum of Beirut, Lebanon.

Author Michael Joseph Murano standing in front of the sarcophagus of King Ahiram, at the National Museum of Beirut, Lebanon.

Ahiram is a character that has become real to my kids and me. Throughout his trials and adventures, he grows into a worthy and grandiose hero, yet remains homey and familiar. He became part of the family, a close relative...just like he felt to me way back when I first heard of him, when Michael would share a new thought about this story that was growing in his head. 

Anouk