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Your family is your first Ministry!

August 12th 1996 – a two-year old little girl surely did not know the significance of this date at such a young age yet she celebrated it every year (and will continue to) since the day she knew what birthdays were and whose birth date made this date special. Well, if you guys (I mean both gals and fellas) are thinking to apply brakes to the present and dive into the history books or lectures you must have received in past from your history teachers then take a deep breath – I am not talking about anything such as that yet I will astound you with how every date is special within itself.

Umair’s (my brother’s) sweet sixteenth!!

Except of some breathtaking facts like the only silent film “Wings” won an Oscar for best picture in 1927 on the very same date of August 12th, Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its 1st hydrogen bomb in 1953 on the same date, William Shatner was married to Gloria Rand on August 12th 1956 (yeah, its lame but spare me without smacking me down), the very first time two people were in space in 1962 on August 12th, China & Japan signed a peace treaty in 1978, the very first IBM Personal Computer was released on the very same date (12th August) in 1981 and in 1996 I was blessed with a new-born baby – of course I can’t be a mother at the age of two but a baby brother was warmly welcomed!! Two years younger than me – not even exactly two; just a one day less than 2 because he is 12th August and me 13th! Celebrating birthday together is utmost fun but this time it was something special – it was his “SWEET SIXTEENTH”! This post is going to be informal so anyone who wishes to kick me or punch me in my gut ; all of you are warmly welcome to email me but the emotional and exhilarating episode yet have to gear up!

Left to Right : Me, Umair (the birthday boy) and Atif (my other brother)
Love them to the core!

Well, it was his sweet sixteenth and my eighteenth so August 2012 was much awaited since New Year (or may be even before)! His birthday was a blast! I surprised him at the midnight with some balloons and a cake and party crackers so I can just blew him off his seat and make him wonder at how super awesome his siblings are! I am sure he felt it but he didn’t feel comfortable to express his happiness and there was a reason behind that too. His O levels result was expected on August 13th (my birthday) so he was all anxious about the upcoming result and least concerned to take part in the celebrations of his birthday blast. At times, I asked him to smile and be confident about how his hard work and struggle would be paid back but all I received was a “GRIN” or may be some words under his breath (can be curse words too for releasing down the pressure in the most abnormal way) or it was an outburst like “SHUT UP” or “DUHH” – anyway whatever it was; it made me go all crazy to tease him more and more! He slept around 3 in the morning (mum and dad were certainly snoring in their bed by that time) and before that he was praying for himself like geeks! I even teased him that if he would have put this much effort before exams in his studies then he would have not been this worried – he hated me for pulling his leg from time to time but isn’t it all we call “THE SIBLING’S LOVE”! I even offered him a drive though I did not have my driving license as there was still a day to go to be 18 but he refused and I think he missed out the fun we would have had wandering from street to street playing with the peace of night. After all, he slept at 3 am and I was all curious to make the day special for him. I made a card for him and packed him a digital camera and a perfume (Eternity for MEN) that I had bought for him earlier – I hoped he would love it. I then slept around 6 in the morning and woke up before him to make some coffee muffins he loves. Few hours later, when he was smiling and laughing I was contented. It is always a different feeling to see your young boy smiling and laughing; a feeling of contentment and delight embraces the soul when you succeed to paint a smile across his face – when they smile, the efforts are worth it. I was on cloud nine as I have had succeeded to make him forget the anxiety of his upcoming result. He loved the presents whole-heartedly (greatly expected, who wouldn’t have had? – I was saving for an eternity to buy him those things). After all, the day ended and I captured his smiles in my head as I knew I would be away from them very soon (my university starting and I have to move to Leicester, England). There was no surprise for me at midnight but million calls and my parent’s and sibling’s hugs and wishes made it special in itself – I cherished each and every moment as I wondered if I would be here to celebrate my next birthday; all I did the entire time was resisted myself to not spill a tear because I didn’t want my mommy to get upset or overwhelming at this particular day!

I love my mum!!
PS– This is an old picture around a year and a half ago!

Don’t forget, when I write there is always a message concealed and this time there is one too. Family is family and there is no alternative for family – neither your boy-friend/girl-friend nor your friends because your parents are a treasure in disguise. You may not realize their worth in their life time but once they abandon you then the thousand wishes in the wish-well can’t bring them back so love them now for who they are and thank them for supporting you throughout without any selfish means. Your siblings are your very best friends; they make the world around you beautiful and amusing – the fun and enjoyment you have with them is an exciting priceless adventure that in no way can be compared to anything in this universe. They understand you and defend you even when you are wrong; take your blames on their own shoulders even at the age of six; argue with parents and the world around to prove you right – their presence is a blessing for which you should be grateful everyday.  I read it somewhere and it fascinated me a lot and so I will share it with you.

BOY-FRIEND = Look at the last three words – END.

GIRL-FRIEND = Look at the last three words – END.

FRIEND = Look at the last three words – END.

FAMILY = Look at the last three words – ILY – I LOVE YOU.

Amazing, isn’t it? I love my family and their presence is a blessing for me for which I am thankful to Almighty and will be throughout my life! I pray for their protection from evil and health and happiness. Amen. Do not forget to pray for your family everyday; they should be your very first priority so if you are done reading it and haven’t talked to your parents or siblings (even daughters or sons for the matter) since a while then call them up and let them know that they will always be cherished. This world is not a place for hatred instead it should be the aroma of love spreading far and wide; hence forget the old wounds and take an initiative to cradle your relationships and knot a new thread if you have not been in contact with your family and if my words aren’t convincing then remember your childhood days – I am sure you will be rushing to grab the phone then!

About globalunison

Writing is my passion and that is what I do here on this blog. I write about everything, whether it be Nature, Love, Hate, Relationships, Humans, Personal Life (where I discuss lessons learnt through real-life experiences), Food, Philosophy (sometimes) and much more. I write in any form whether it be Prose or Poetry. I am in search of ‘Myself’, hence there is not much I can tell you about me. Perhaps, I have a very brilliant idea. Why don’t you come along with me on my journey? I will always care to share and you can also enjoy the ride. For now, this is it. I am ‘ME’ – a wanderer in search of a fulfilling life. Until next time, Love Living Life! I express my sincere gratitude to all my Readers! -Naima

96 responses to “Your family is your first Ministry!

  1. What a delightful look at your family… When you have such a deep connection, it sustains you throughout life’s ups and downs…. Lovely post and pics… 🙂

  2. billgncs

    what a beautiful family, may you know true love and smiles, and strength through all hardships

  3. Awareness

    Very nice post & pics, Naima. You are a fortunate person with a beautiful family 🙂

  4. qiquan

    So sweet of you to save the money and buy your brother a camera. I have five sisters, and It is so nice to be surrounded b y the sisters when I was young, and now I am living with two of them, and it is so much fun and loving.

    Leicester might be a good place, I don’t know, but I lived in London for a year, and did not really like it, because it is a city too big and too different from Amsterdam.

    All the best to your studying in UK, and good health and happiness to you and your family. It is nice to know you here in the Blogsphere.


    • qiquan

      Oh, Happy Birthday to both of you, and your brother!

    • Firstly thank you so much for dropping a comment here and that also a detailed one (it makes me happy.. lol)
      Anyways, I know brothers are like world to sisters so I think I would think for my two handsome heroes!! Leicester, I think it will be a good place but can’t say anything unless I am there! I am hell bad at breaking the ice to form a social circle so lets see what happens!! I have been to London twice and i kinda doesn’t like it too – over population is the very main reason! For a vacation spot, Europe is hell of a choice!
      Thank you for your wishes, please remember me in your prayers as I need them cause I am worried about my studies there!!
      It is so very nice to know you too, Kee!!
      Much love,

      • qiquan

        I will pray for your my dear Naima, to me you are like my nieces, and I love them, a gift from my sisters. Here in Malaysia and Singapore, often people are going to University at the age of 19 to 21, and you must be doing very well in your study =).

        Whenever you need my help in your study, you can always write to me,(I am using the same name toh kee chua, or qiquan everywhere, and Facebook, which is my real name). I have studied science most of my life, from physics to biology. But I am good at analytical skill in writing.

        Wish you enjoy the life in UK, an Europe, and they will widen your horizon because Europe is diverse in cultures and the way they do things and think, and it was so much fun for me for my living there for about 8-10 years.


      • Awww.. you are so sweet! It is so lovely to have you!!
        I will add you on Facebook, well I have studied science until now but now I have planned to degree in Media Communication and society with Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising to keep as my major courses in the final year!
        Thank you so much for the support!
        Much love,

      • qiquan

        I think you have a good choice! Looking forward for your success stories in studying, and should be a lot of fun, no doubt! I am looking forward too for many questions of your study that you send to me so that I can learn too, and be open mind to a different field. I am addicted to learning new things.


      • Oh my goodness, I can’t find you on Facebook. I love to learn new things too! Type in your email as well! I would love to ask you questions regarding my course or even update you with the details in here once my studies gear up!

      • qiquan

        If you search Toh Kee Chua in google, you will see my name in the first entry. Or if you search friends in your Facebook, you will see the exact same photo of me as in I am now living in Clementi, Singapore.

        Hope you can find it =)!

      • By using the provided information, I hope to find you. I will try out the suggested ways and then send you a friend request on Facebook 🙂

      • qiquan

        No worry, you can always send me an e-mail, qiquan at yahoo dot com.

        Have a nice day!
        (Today is a holiday, the muslim new year here.)


      • Not really a Muslim new year but EID!! 🙂

  5. Lovely post and family, Naima! You are very fortunate and I also love your note at the “end” with family ending in ily! Very interesting and clever! Much love, Lauren

    • Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving such a beautiful comment! We all are fortunate to have families and we should always be grateful for having such a priceless blessing!
      Love right back and thank you once again,

  6. Balu

    It’s great to have a sister like you!
    Happy belated sweet sixteen to Umair and elegant eighteen to you.

    • Awww B!! That is so sweet of you! I know I make hell of a good sister; ya can ask and reassure from my brothers! Lol.
      Jokes apart, thank you for your wishes!!
      Love ya loads,

  7. boomiebol

    Your family is so beautiful…you are full of wisdom and great insight Naima.

  8. Hey there Naima, you and your siblings are sweet together 🙂
    You’re lucky to have such a family.

  9. swashbuckler2 ⋅

    A very good one Naima..Yes,family is our first ministry…..Am rushing to grab the phone now..

    • Awww.. After I was done writing this, I hugged my mum and dad too! The fear of letting go of them even makes me weak at times! Family is so very special!! Thank you for the wishes and your comment!!
      With love,

      PS– I still have no idea who ya are, can you email me to let me know? I am curious!!! You knew my birthday beforehand!

      • swashbuckler2 ⋅

        Thanks for ur reply Naima….I’ll jst give u a clue nw…I joined this site on ur advice…Come on,guess who it is…

      • Gosh!! I know who it is!! This is TIM!!! You knew my birthday, eh?? Through YAHOO?? Wow!! Goodness, I suspected this to be YOU from DAY ONE but look at your name “SWASHBUCKLER2” – I was confused!!
        Thank you for being such a sincere reader in the first place and secondly ya are so super awesome!! Thank you for your likes and comments!!
        With much love,

  10. soumyav

    Belated heartiest wishes for u and ur brother! your words show so much depth and understanding at such a young age…God bless the parents and the family that have you as daughter and sister…loved being a part of your so personal celebration and life…lots of best wishes for your new fielld and life..

  11. Tatsat ⋅

    Such a cute post Naima 🙂 I too am given to understand that siblings are special and over the years, this belief has only been strengthened. I have a baby brother myself and the relationship has evolved over the years. Now we talk about almost anything.

    A very happy birthday to him and may the best of things happen to him. Ofcourse, I don’t have to tell you that I wish the same for you too 🙂
    Good luck young lady !

    • Thank you so much for a humble comment! I am sure siblings love can never be compared to anything on the planet! You are right to say that it only strengthens with time.
      Thank you so much for the wishes from your part. They paints a smile across my face!
      With love and care,

  12. Naima, as always your post touches something very deep. Our family does love us and reside within long after the individual members have joined the world of our ancestors. How blessed we are that you have discovered such wisdom so early in life. I loved seeing the pictures too. may these blessings continue to guide your life. Beth

    • Hey Beth! Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read the post and comment! I am glad you liked it!
      We all are blessed to have families and so we should respect and worth such a blessing so we do not regret later in life!
      Thank you for your heartily wishes, they always brings me happiness!
      With love,

  13. Oh, I am just overwhelmed by how much you love and cherish your family, Naima! I am thrilled by how close you all are together. You spoke of so much wisdom in this post, so many wonderful things we need to be reminded of….. Thanks so much for blessing us with your insight and giving us a glimpse into your amazing family and into the depths of your heart. What a reason to rejoice! Hope your week is filled to overflowing with the love you share with others! 🙂
    xoxoxoxoxo ❤

  14. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures of you and your family. Pictures do not lie. They show their love for you as you show it for them.

  15. What a beautiful post Naima: You are so right about family. It is good to see you with yours. You all look very happy to be together. Thanks for sharing your happiness. 🙂

    • Thank YOU for rewarding me with such a happy comment, I am glad to share this with the people cause it should be our foremost priority to cherish our wonderful families!
      With love,

  16. Pieces

    You have a beautiful family.. and this post is just perfect.. best wishes for your graduation !! 🙂

  17. aw, I wish I had a brother! 😀 You have a beautiful family Naima. So sweet and awesome, just like yourself 🙂
    I agree, family sticks forever and never ends.

    Loved this post.
    With much love! 🙂

  18. ~Lady Day ⋅

    xoxoxoxo, so very adorable and sweet. Really nice to ‘meet’ some of your family.

  19. So very nice Naima!! It was a real pleasure to share some of your experiences. LOVE the photos!! Two brothers…so you are the middle child. So am I….I choose to think of it as a blessing, although some folks say otherwise!! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Be well,

    • Thank you for dropping by and leaving such a beautiful comment, Howard! Family really is a blessing – few fortunate realize it in right time and many miss the right time and regret later!!
      I hope to share much more in order to encourage the enjoyment family time brings!!

  20. Happy birthday to you both! Your family is beautiful and you are wise beyond your years. 🙂

  21. swashbuckler2 ⋅

    Heyy naima….this is not Tim.. !!!!check out ur mail ..

  22. Renard Moreau ⋅

    [ Smiles ] Lovely post, Naima.

  23. Loved the happy photos, gorgeous family! Stumbled upon your blog and ha, this makes me smile so I’ll probably return. Yay.

  24. swashbuckler2 ⋅

    Finally u got to to knw who this is…..cheers!!!!!..I sent u a mail on ur Birthday ..U might not have got it…However am sending it again….Belated wishes to Umair…..Waiting fr ur next article…May god bless u..

    • Oh yeah! I think the mail must be in spam; I will check it out, dear one 🙂
      Thank you so much for reading and finding the time to comment! Have a good evening!
      With love,

  25. Belsim ⋅

    I can give you the Book of the Law in english version, if you want. I imagine you can understant it better than a translation from english to romanian and then back to english .. Pam Pam!

    • Wow! Do I really need a book of LAW and even if I do then what for and what made you feel so? Well, yeah better if English cause Romanian to English translation can be crappy at times – making no sense at all!!
      Thank you for your concern and comment!
      With love,

  26. This is very nicely written. It is clear that you love your brother and family very much. I hope you enjoyed your birthday completely. You are right, we should shoe our family our love whenever possible. But friends are important. I have friends that I have known my whole life. Those friends are my family too. They are friends to the end.

    • Hey Kim,
      Hope ya are good! I agree friends are important and they mean a life time but some are fortunate to have those gems and some aren’t! In 21st century any friend without selfish means is a blessing – i still would not say that there are no good people in the world, there are and that is why the world is still Heaven for many! But all I meant was FAMILY IS FAMILY – no alternative! 🙂
      Thank you for your lovely comment as always.
      With love,

  27. Your Mum is beautiful and she must be soooo proud of you! You are a wise inspiration to all those around you! You are indeed a beautiful, shining, brilliant, precious jewel!

  28. Naima, our mutual pal, “J” informed me that he firmly believes you are a form of Wiccan but he is not sure which form. I sense that about that too. Are we accurate?

  29. isaac976

    Bet your brother is ecstatic with his new toy ! happy Bday Umair..


  30. As my usual sayings about this wise gal, you are a truly blessed being dear! I wish he would always be lucky as much as a brother can for having a wonderful sissa like you. Nice to see all those pretty snaps too. Have a great day ahead, Naima. God bless. 🙂


  31. Love the picture of you and your ‘mum’! Hug each other every day. In 2010, my mom had a horrific fall and was hospitalized. I never for a moment thought she would not come home. Her frail body and weak heart just could not recover. I was holding her hand and letting her know everything would be OK when she took her last breath. I think she was waiting for me to tell her it was alright to let go and let God. She was 91.

    • Ummmm.. I am on the verge of tears as I read this over and over again! It feels so creepy to even think to let go of my mommy! I love her so much and hug her more than once everyday! No blessing and happiness in life can ever be compared to the existence of mother and her presence with you!!!
      May her soul rest in peace. AMEN!
      With love and blessings,

      • I was very blessed for her to have lived 91 years! We were very close and it has truly been a change in life experience but I talk with her everyday…her spirit is always with me.

      • I am sure ya both cherished each other! It is always glad to hear stories about their mothers from others!!
        Thank you for sharing.

  32. Beautiful words my sister, and the smiles make me smile as i enjoy their glow. It is nice to see your smiling face…and now ou see mine. Thanks for the blessings you share always…You are a bright light to this world!

  33. artzent

    I could not agree more and thank you for a great post!

  34. Gina's Professions for PEACE ⋅

    You and your family are absolutely darling! Coming here to visit your wonderful blog and catch up always brightens my heart and makes my day! And if I may say so: You ROCK! 😀
    Love and Hugs, Gina

  35. Alex Jones ⋅

    You are blessed with an awesome family.

  36. artzent

    You are wonderful and I believe I will have the honor off saying ” I knew her when she was my blogging buddy” You rock!

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