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How To Introduce A New Sibling To Your Muslim Child | MAMANUSHKA
‘Would you like a new baby?’ ‘Yes!’ ‘Let’s go and get one!’ It was 1986 Iran. My father and, recently turned three year old, me had made the walk to the hospital together many times. Mama had a high risk pregnancy second time around and was often admitted for bed rest. There had been talk of a new baby. An aunty saying something to mama about eating for two and of course there was my mama’s growing round belly, which for some reason I can not picture in anything except this red v-neck sweater she used to wear. I was excited … And it seemed so logical. Need some groceries? Go get some from the shop. Need a baby? Go get one from the hospital. My dad held me up to look through a huge glass window and there like cereal in a supermarket aisle were what looked to me then like hundreds and hundreds of babies! “Let’s choose one” my dad said. I looked around me and pointed ‘This one?’ My dad made a pretense of being ‘picky’ and taking time to ‘choose’ the ‘right’ one till he landed on my sister –“THIS one!” He exclaimed, and I was happy …