holiday, marriage, motherhood

There were Eids before you.

There were Eids before you. 

But– what was it like to not give you your morning bath? Watch you race from room to room in your Eid clothes? Pray salaat with you quietly by my side? Your adopted auntie in our adopted city smiled as she handed you your Eidi. We’re going to watch them grow up together, she said so simply but so profoundly that it stopped me mid-step- because just like that they will do just that- grow up. What was it like before I watched you watch children with curious reserve who appear today, an ocean apart in age, but who in a few short years, I pray, will be your dearest friends? 

Sometimes I question the power of prayer and I wonder– is anyone listening? And then- there are these moments of startling clarity. . .

. . . when I look up at the people who inhabit my life each day so seamlessly I can fail to see the magnitude of the blessing I’ve been given.

But I see it today. Every prayer that means anything is reflected in the people I love. When I look at your father and you, Waleed, I realize every dream I had came true. Thank you for new kinds of Eids. The ones that give me joy beyond measure by the simple presence of the lightness of your being.

Eid Mubarak to you and yours

15 thoughts on “There were Eids before you.”

  1. What a simple and yet profound post. The pictures are adorable MashAllah! I love the family pic, you just frame that. Eid Mubarak to you and your family. 🙂


  2. what a beautiful post, aisha. your little one is SO gorgeous, and i love the joy and curiosity on his face in every photo! eid mubarak to you and your family — i hope you had a beautiful, blessed celebration, inshaAllah! =)


  3. Eid Mubarak to you dear Aisha. I loved this post. I'm continuously thinking and so amazed at watching my little babies grow up. I have a young woman on my hands now and 11 years ago she was a toddler running around in a purple lenga and matching bangles on 'Eid!


  4. Jamila thank you! I hope you had a lovely Eid with your sweet baby girl!

    Rasha, Eid Mubarak 🙂

    Tiger, that is so sweet, thankyou!!

    Yasmine, missed ya on this blog, been a while 🙂 Thank you for your kind words! Eid Mubarak to you as well!

    Mystic, thank you- and you too. Ameen.

    Fruitful. Thanks so much, and Eid Mubarak. Wow- I got a bit verklempt reading your comment- they do grow up so fast 😦 Sniff.

    Thanks Mina, both of ours were, weren't they?? :))


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