Anyone familiar with the Shaheen family knows that it is a male dominated clan. My dad is one of five brothers. My parents had five sons. I have three sons. Four of my brothers all have at least one or two sons. One of my brothers married a man! Gee whiz!
Females are a rarity. And we stick together.
We are not the perfect family by any stretch of the imagination. We’ve been through some tough things and have come out on the other side, strong in the broken places. Each of us has a story to tell about the Shaheen men we have lived with, supported, nurtured and loved unconditionally.
I have learned so much about life from these brave women. They have inspired me. They have taken me shopping. They have given me wardrobe and home decorating advice. They have buoyed me up in times of despair and sadness. They are the bonuses of my life.
Katie, Mojgan, Susan, Catherine, Christine, Adrienne, Adele, Aimee and Elizabeth. We are missing Charise, Annamarie, Katy, Sarah, Jessica and my new daughter-in-law Brianna. God willing, next year we will all be together for this picture. It will be the best Christmas ever.
I am very grateful for these women. They bring so many unique gifts and charisms to the Shaheen family. My life would be very one dimensional without their strength and femininity, compassion and nurturing. Not to mention our collective cooking skills!
We no doubt have challenges ahead as every family does. But we will navigate both the good times and the difficult times as they come. We are sisters and friends. We are united by our shared history.
We are strong together.