Thank you, Kaitlin!
Love this! Why? 1) Immediately we're set in a time -- summer 2) We know the narrator is telling a story about the past ("I was eight years old" and 3) the narrator is unique and has some sense of a perspective in the world, the outside world, that your typical eight year old doesn't have: "I wanted to be an Arab."
Also, it gets me wondering not only who the narrator is, but about his or her family, friends, country she/he is living in. There's a lot there in a few words. Nice work!
Thank you, Samantha! This is the prologue to a memoir about my years in Iran. I'm so glad you liked it.
You're welcome! You earned it by writing that sentence. :-)
Pretty language. Same meaning, but shortened for impact:
The voices of long-dead monks still lingered at St. Anthony of Padua’s, resonating off the stone walls and gathering like mist under the dome.