Del. Sid Saab, R-Crownsville, remembers when his family waited in line for wheat or bread, or parked the car at the gas station because someone heard the truck was coming that day.
Saab emigrated from Lebanon to the United States in 1990 and found his way to Maryland to be near his wife's family, whom he met in Washington, D.C.
He now owns a real estate business and is living the American dream, arriving in this country with $700 in his pocket and a desire to get away from the fighting and uncertainty in his home country.
And Wednesday he becomes Maryland's first Lebanese-born delegate.
"I couldn't do what I did here in Lebanon," Saab said. "Because if you are not from the right family ... you're never going to be able to play any part of change" — and, he said, you would never get a seat in the country's parliament.