A pink taxi

A pink taxi

January 26, 2011

Welcome to the Family!

Dear Number 8:

They say number 8 is a lucky number in China. You have come as the 8th of your  paternal Jeddo and Teta's tribe of grandchildren, and you will be cherished by them and by us all.  We are so lucky to welcome you as the newest member of our family.

The first two people you will lay your newborn eyes on are your charming parents. They are talented, intelligent and loving people. Your big brother will certainly certify that to you. He will be your hero, the one you will look up to, and that you will love with such tenderness. The two years and a half difference will keep you close as playmates and buddies.

You have six paternal cousins, all boys except for a girl. It will be like Snow White and the Seven cousins! All of your aunts and uncles can attest that being the youngest will be so fun! Just look at how much fun your mother and father had being the youngest in their families....Not that you will always remain youngest. Who knows which siblings are waiting to come after you?

You are so cool that your birth  announcement gets posted on a blog! How 2011 is that?

May the stars always shine on you, and we will always remember how excited we all were when your birth was announced, in the midst of a beautiful snowfall over New York City. It certainly was a magical day.

We love you already!

Your family


  1. Dear Rashid,

    Welcome to the Salaam clan! We're so lucky and blessed to have you as a member of our family. We're so excited to meet you! We were overjoyed last night when we got news of your birth. We love you.

    Nissreen, Teymour, and Saad (who can't wait to meet his baby cousin).

  2. It took me a week to get over the great news and the happy tiding of the arrival of our 7th boy and 8th grandchild.I guess he arrived in New York City in a hurry riding a sledge,braving the 8th snow storm of the season,a record in New England!
    The first Four Caliphs were called The Rashidoon,the plural of Rashid in Arabic.May he grow up to be a wise leader in his community,a quality in dire need in our part of the world.After all,he was born on the 2nd day of the Egyptian Revolution.