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Who are the elders in your family? The obvious answer is that they are your parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and eldest cousins -- basically, any relative who's getting up in years. But that doesn't really answer the question, does it? In a Chaldean family, there is a big difference between being elderly and being an elder.
Chaldean Elders are the people we respect and turn to for answers and perspective, thanks to their many years of life. Most of all, they are the people who raised you and your loved ones and helped you grow into the people you are. For several decades, they carried the burden of caring for your family and leading it to better times. Now it's your turn to dote on them. Ensuring the welfare of our elders should come as naturally to us as raising our children.
“I was scared and worried,” says Ashley Michael. “My baby would not stop crying. It was late at night and I was so tired. He was getting on my nerves. Thank God we lived with my Mother-in-Law. She helped keep me calm and made me feel that everything would be fine. She was so kind and helpful.”
All babies cry. And at about two weeks of age, it is common for babies to develop a fussy period in the evening that can last for as long as two hours. Fortunately for Mrs. Michael it is a Chaldean tradition for a new mom to stay with her mother or mother-in-law after giving birth for a few months.
The reassurance, extra set of hands, and experienced advice can make all the difference. So can a number of these helpful tips given to www.CHALDEAN.org by experienced Chaldean moms on how to soothe a fussy baby. Try some of the following techniques, or perhaps a combination of them, to soothe your baby.
Ghasoon Majed and Dawood Summa, met at a Communion celebration party. “We were both friends of the family. The parents of the boy that received Communion had a barbeque and invited friends and family to their home. I was a friend of the boy’s older brothers and Ghasoon was a friend of boy’s aunt,” Dawood fondly remembers. “I was around 24 and she was 20. I kept bringing her tea so we could talk. We must have finished two pots by ourselves. The worst part was that we both had to use the bathroom after drinking so much tea. The best part was that neither of us wanted to go because we enjoyed talking to one another so much.”
After several hours of conversation—and several pots of tea—Ghasoon and Dawood knew they wanted to be together. Some 20 years have passed, living in four different countries since that tea-filled talk, but when Ghasoon phones her husband to say she's on her way home, Dawood ready reply is, "I'll put the teapot on." For Ghasoon, that simple phrase, loaded with memories and meaning, tells her she is still loved by the man she fell in love with.
In America and Europe more than 40 percent of first-time marriages fail. Chaldean couples continue to need both an understanding about what it takes to make their marriages last in Western society. Latifa Seeba examines the latest research and studies on Marriage and shares some of the “Do’s” that Chaldean couples can use to make the journey together easier and more rewarding.