Welcome to my writing website. I hope you choose to browse….
I’m Paria Hassouri, and I’m so glad you’ve landed here. I’m a mother to three and a pediatrician practicing in Los Angeles. I love Malbec, Jane Austen, every carbohydrate I’ve ever met, and story telling. When I was close to turning 40, I found myself drowning in responsibility and gasping for air. I set about on a journey to find me. That quest lead to running my first marathon at the age of 42 and unearthed a passion for non-fiction writing. You can read more about me and why I created this website on my about page. A sampling of my work can be found on this home page, but to read and hear more of what I’ve been up to, visit the publications page. And if you want to stay in the know, subscribe to my newsletter!
I stand in the dressing room, turning to the side, running my hand over the bulge of my tummy, dipping it in over the line caused by my underwear. I notice the way the dress clings just a little too much over my hips. At 45, there is no denying that I have my mom’s body, but on this particular day, it is OK. Over the last few months, I have finally realized just how lucky I am to have her body — a body that matches my gender identity…
“Allergic To Hugs” is a piece I wrote and presented in front of an audience in Los Angeles as part of a show called Expressing Motherhood. My piece tells the story of my middle child’s presentation as transgender. You can listen to the presentation through a recorded podcast from one of the shows.
What I worry about the most is knowing that once we start, the way she smells will change. Every time I drop her off at school, I bury my face in her neck and inhale, aware that the days of her smelling like the child I know are numbered…. I’ve always had this thing for people’s natural scent.