18 kids, 4 sisters, 2 streets, 1 family

18 Comments 11 April 2011

By Jamila Nasser
Unis Middle School

After school is finally over and summer is here, no one ever plans it really, a gathering happens at my house. My three aunts and all their kids come in carrying something different, from chicken to meat to even pie, we all sit down together and eat. It’s our traditional, not-planned family reunion.

Welcome to my family.

My mom and three of her sisters ll live on one block. There are six sisters in all, but one lives in Lebanon and the other one lives also in Dearborn but a bit farther from where we all live. They were all born in Lebanon.

In the beginning, my uncles began to move to America to start a new life. Soon after, my aunts and more uncles began to follow to start new lives, too. When my uncles came to America, they settled in Dearborn.

My aunt Sonia was the first to settle on Coleman, the street we all live on now. I asked why she picked Coleman. She said “it was by accident, really. Also, because it was a quiet, simple street waiting for me and my sisters.”

Soon after, Rose, bought a house but one street away “too much kids on one street … not so safe,” she says. After she moved in, my mother took my older brother and I — we were very young — to live with Sonia for two years until my dad came back from Lebanon.

My aunt Jeahn was not living on Coleman but in Dearborn, but that didn’t last. She decided she needed her sisters because she grew up with them, so she bought a house that was three houses down from Sonia’s. After my dad finally came to America, we ended up buying a house on the same street. So there we were: four sisters on one street, even though Rose didn’t exactly live on Coleman. But, hey, we were still pretty close.

Through 26 years my mom, Njoud, had five kids, Jehan had six, Rose had four and Sonia had three. A lot, right?

After we all grew up, we made Coleman our street. We would get up every summer morning and go visit each one. So we were really never bored. We have breakfast, lunch and dinner together. We share everything. During the day everyone is at my house because I have the biggest backyard. We swim, play, eat, laugh and love being together.

We share everything, from clothes, to food to even houses,” says my cousin Dounya.

On an average summer day this is what we do: We get up like 8:30 a.m., all us kids meet at my house with our swimsuits and towels. We all jump in the pool for our morning swim. We swim till about 11. We get out, have something to eat, get redressed, sit around the table and just relax. Then, we get on our bikes or skateboards and go for a ride.

By the time we’re back, my aunts and mom are on the porch drinking coffee and sitting together. My aunts all come to my house. My mom makes the Arabic coffee. What’s better than sitting on a beautiful warm day with your sisters and having your kids run around and enjoying life? Nothing, really.

With the kids and aunts there, we all sit around or play a fair game of volleyball or basketball until it’s time to go home. We all say goodnight and wait for it all to happen again the next morning. “Every day is better than the last” Ayaa tells me.

We kids have a special tradition. Every Saturday night during the summer, every kid comes over, not the parents, though, and we all sit, start a bonfire, eat, dance, sing and just have fun together. “It’s our family tradition that will never change” says Zeniab.

None of us could imagine life without each other, because whatever is mine its theirs. We share everything, and we’re as close as a family can ever be — maybe even closer. I doubt any other family is like ours. No one can ever replace all my cousins and aunts. We plan to stay as close as long as we possibly can because I know I could never be anything with out my family, especially the ones who have been there through it all. Don’t you think?

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18 Comments so far

  1. Zahraa Elhourani says:

    That’s so cool. Living next to all ur loved ones is great :)

  2. Jana Alzerkani says:

    This story is so interesting. I think its amazing how all of your relatives live right next to each other.

  3. Malak Hassoun says:

    Great Job!!! FUN FAMILY

  4. Ahmed Fakhreddine says:

    That is a big family Jamila :(

  5. Billal Asoufy says:

    Wow, Jamila, that is a very big family!

  6. Mrs. Furlow says:

    How lucky you must feel to have such a great family! Although my family is not nearly as big as yours, I love having everyone at my house for weekend BBQs or just to hang out too!

  7. mustaphaj4th says:

    That is nice to see all your relatives every day.

  8. great story jamila nasser!!! all your family members live near u , my cousins mostly live in ann arbor.

  9. Diana- 4th says:

    This story is really interesting, how fun you live close to your cousins! Also, your explaining is so understandable and is a blast to read(:

  10. fadwat bazzi 4th says:

    great job!!!! thats 1 big family!!!!!!!

  11. Mary says:

    nice article :)

  12. Hawraa beydoun says:

    Nice article what a big family you have.
    Then you must never be bored

  13. Malak Jomaa 6th says:

    Great story Jamila. It must be great living next to all ur cousins i wish i was like that!!!!<3

  14. saleh hamad 1st hour says:

    This was a very great story and yes, I do that, too, in the summer. At home, I wake up at 12:00 and I get dressed pack little snacks, get my towel and go dow to LevaGood. :D :)

  15. LeAnn bazzi says:

    Great story Jamila i love yr intro and detaills :)

  16. Alaa Saad says:

    That was SUCH a great story, Jamila. I wish ALLLL my uncles, cousins and aunts lived close To me.

  17. rangis says:

    I wish all my cousins lived near me. It would be so much fun. lol

  18. Nour dekmak says:

    Jamila, that was a great story and that sounds really fun(: You’re really lucky that all your cousin live on the same street. My summer was similar, but we don’t all live next to each other, but I love the summer because we can spend so much time together:)

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