My Beloved Daughter….

My two elder children celebrate what we now call ‘milestone’ birthdays this year…my lovely daughter today! A very dear fellow blogger, after reading the post dedicated to my son’s milestone celebration, asked what constitutes a ‘milestone’ age….a very valid and relevant question in this age of quantifying days, events and emotions into Hallmark occasions…often relegating to the back burner the true essence of such celebrations…

For a mother, birthdays are special days of the heart…purely because looking out from the eyes and heart of a mother, whilst Traveling down memory lane…every child of hers’ birthday is a ‘milestone’ celebration! A celebration of awe…honor…joy…fun…comfort…strength…support…care…pride…consideration…above all, Love! A celebration of the varied and rich tapestry of life and living…of rich and joy filled moments shared together…culminating in a day such as this…as an appreciation of the fullness of human happiness in the security of our love! The journey of motherhood, with all it’s ups and downs…it’s highs and lows…the magic…the angst…the fun…the fears…the love…the laughter…all comes together with the peace of looking out and seeing them exactly where they are supposed to be…firmly ensconced in the space they have carved out for themselves! This is the ultimate joy and pride…the humility and thankfulness…yes…birthdays are poignant reminders of this…milestone birthdays perhaps a little more…

My daughter…my eldest…celebrates one such milestone age today…blessedly happy in the circle of love of her parents and  siblings…her own beautiful family….her extended family and her family of friends! In my  mind’s eye I can still vividly picture my serious little girl…she who has now blossomed into a  young woman of substance…her gentle vulnerability, humaneness and compassion being the cornerstone of this beauty, strength and independence…surrounded by the Good Lord’s blessings and grace…her gentle and winning ways…the strength and support of a loving life partner…understanding and giving due deference and balance to the blessings and power of the Divine has all helped her on this journey of hers…all of this whilst keeping pace with her own young ones on the threshold of adulthood…doing it all with an ease, energy and grace that leaves me in awe…

The pride at seeing you fulfill all your roles to such loving excellence makes my heart sing Saamia! This comes with the prayer that God draw you near Him…richly bless you always…and shelter you at all times in His loving care…help you conquer the many horizons still out there…live your dreams and achieve all your milestones and more! With a special prayer that your beautiful self and smile will continue to bring love and sunshine to all who love and surround you…and help radiate your life always with it’s unaffected goodness and love…amen!

Happy Birthday Saamia…


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ayesha
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 14:02:49

    Well said! A beautifully written and very touching piece!


  2. Arindam
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 20:50:29

    Very touching. What a beautiful gift of words for your daughter, Shamaji. Belated happy birth day to your daughter. I hope you all had a great day.
    “God draw you near Him…richly bless you always…and shelter you at all times in His loving care…help you conquer the many horizons still out there…live your dreams and achieve all your milestones and more!”- this part was very uplifting and inspiring. Beautiful post.


    • shamasheikh
      Sep 08, 2012 @ 11:08:00

      Thank you so much Arindam…your comments are always straight from the heart and a joy to receive …God bless you…

      Saamia is blessed to have all these wishes and prayers coming her way…


  3. souldipper
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 19:17:28

    Such a gift to read such loving words from a mother to her daughter. Belated happy birthday, Saamia. What a blessing lies in the phrase “the security of our love!” . I sense you are the mother of mothers!

    I see our friend Arindam addresses you as ‘Shamaji’. Is that appropriate for me as well? I would rather know the correct address so it doesn’t feel like a note off key to you or anyone in your culture. 🙂

    The way that I find blogging time means that I visit and read to catch up and then comment. It was necessary to change my approach so I had more time for my life’s activities. So please know that the time between visits is not a gesture of less care, enjoyment, and lift! I love your heart.


  4. shamasheikh
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 11:13:48

    It is always such a joy and boost to my ego to hear from you Amy…thank you! 

    I understand totally about the blogging time you mention because I find that following such a pattern is working for me too :). This does not however in the least diminish the reading pleasure I derive and look forward to whenever I visit favorite blogs…

    Arindam is such a dear soul…God bless him! In our cultures it is not deemed appropriate or respectful to address elders by name alone…this is unfortunately a cultural and traditional gesture that is losing ground…but dear Arindam keeping this in mind, addresses me as such by adding the (Shama) ji which is best explained as a form of…affectionate respect! It always gives me great pleasure to hear this from Arindam because at heart I am a very old fashioned and traditional person…

    God bless…


  5. Mal
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 16:25:18

    “With a special prayer that your beautiful self and smile will continue to bring love and sunshine to all who love and surround you” ..what beautiful words! This prayer goes out to you too, Shama, the lovely mother of such wonderful children.. Mashallah.

    And, Shama, I’ve awarded you with the ‘One Lovely blog Award’… 🙂


    • shamasheikh
      Sep 12, 2012 @ 20:51:54

      Thank you so very much Maleeha for your kind words and prayer…

      I am so touched at this award you bestow on me…the connections we make on this amazing medium are truly wondrously comforting…and I am so grateful that it has helped me get to know you and all the great people in this blogosphere family…

      God bless…


  6. Shano Hashmi
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 19:57:06

    So beautifully and eloquently written, shama. You have expressed all that mothers around the world feel but are so often unable to capsule and express those emotions so warmly. You have a wonderful daughter mashallah but she is equally lucky to have a devoted and loving mother.Please wish Samia a very happy birthday and a year filled with with joy amongst her neatest and dearest. Love Shano


  7. shamasheikh
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 21:03:36

    How absolutely wonderful to see you here Shano…having family visit is such a joy and familiar comfort…

    Many thanks and God bless for such kind praise…yes…the connective tissues of motherhood have no borders in their universality…joy…and pride….

    Saamia and I feel very blessed with all these prayers and love…thank you and God bless…


  8. dearrosie
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 22:05:43

    Belated Happy Birthday greetings to your daughter. I’m not sure what you celebrate as milestone birthdays in India. My son also celebrated a milestone birthday – i.e. one ending in zero – this summer. You’re a good mother to celebrate your daughter with us.

    I’m like Amy I struggle to keep up with the blogs I follow, so forgive me for not being around more often. I must say I always enjoy your writing when I pop in 🙂
    I was interested to read your answer to Amy re Arindam calling you Shamaji.
    I’m a bit confused. Do I call you Shama or Shamaji.?


  9. shamasheikh
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 20:09:13

    Thank you so much Rosie…Saamia is blessed to have had such loving wishes and prayers coming her way…

    Birthday wishes and payers for your son Rosie…both my son and daughter celebrated milestone birthdays, ending in zero, this year…God has been most kind and I am very thankful…

    It is an honor to have you visit my blog and count you as a friend Rosie…please call me either or…whichever you feel like on any visit…:)

    God bless…


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