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A Day in the Life of Two Old(er) People...Nov 15: Flashback: A birth day blog

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Nine years ago I wrote this blog and posted to SP. I'm copying and posting again today because it reminds me of my mother. She passed away 5 years ago just after New Year's. I still miss her every day and I definitely miss getting my birthday phone calls. (If you do the math, you know that I'm celebrating my 77th today, but I still treasure Mom's birth day story.)

Oh, My...How the Times have Changed (A Funny--to me--Birthday Story)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yesterday I celebrated my 68th birthday (for you doing the math, that means I was born in 1943)! For some reason, each year my Mom calls me to tell me my birthday story, which typically has amounted to a weather report for the day I was born. She's always told me there was a blizzard and the doctor wanted her to come to the hospital a little early so she wouldn't get stuck in the snow. I have to set the scene for you, though. In 1943 WWII was raging all over the world. Dad was in the Army Air Corps and stationed in France at the time. Mom was living with Dad's parents and the household included both grandparents, one of my cousins, two of Dad's younger sisters and Grandma's deaf bachelor brother besides my mother. Quite a house full of people, but everybody did what they had to in order to make ends meet.

This year I happened to be with Mom on my actual birthday. We had an interesting conversation, which follows:

Mom: Guess I'd better tell you your birthday story.
Me: Yes, it wouldn't be the same without it!
Mom: You know we had a blizzard that day.
Me: Yep, that's what you've told me.
Mom: I rode to the hospital in a red Buick!
Me: Red Buick? I never heard that part before. Who had a red Buick? (I was a little nervous now, as I've heard my birthday story scores of times and never ever heard anything about a Buick!)
Mom: Dr. Moulton.
Me: Why would Dr. Moulton give you a ride to the hospital?
Mom: Well, I was going to have you at home, but he came by and said he thought we were going to get a big snow storm and I should go to the hospital.
Me: He just stopped by?
Mom: No, Grandma had the neighbor call him because she said I was going into labor. (Grandma had 9 babies, so I guess she'd know.)
Me: So, you just went to the hospital with him?
Mom: Well, not right away. I told him I didn't want to go, but he said the government is paying for it anyway, so you might as well. So, I did.
Me: Well, kind of convenient for him, wouldn't you say, since he owned the hospital?
Mom: Yeah. He took me and dropped me off because he had to go check on some baby pigs at his farm.
Me: But he made it back?
Mom: Oh, yes. With time to spare even if we did get a blizzard that night. I had to stay in the hospital for 10 days. Dr. Moulton made me stay an extra day.
Me: Was something wrong?
Mom: Well, he looked at my fingernails and said they looked funny so I should stay another day.
Me: Fingernails? What was funny about them?
Mom: I don't have a clue. All I know is that when I got home Grandma said at least I didn't have to lay around in bed anymore!!
Me: How did you get home, Mom? In the red Buick?
Mom: Oh no, a neighbor came with his truck and picked us up. Grandpa's car wasn't working that winter. The neighbor took one look at you and said you were the biggest baby he'd ever seen!

For crying out loud...some things never change!!!

**A few people have asked me how big I was--9# is what I was told. Guess that was kinda big for a first baby, but all the same...the biggest baby he'd ever seen? How rude was that! LOL!
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    87 days ago
  • SUNSHINE5268

    such a touching blog. thank you for sharing it with us, hugsssssssssssssssss emoticon
    156 days ago
    That’s a great birthday story! My dad and my second daughter were born at home. Yes, daughter was born at home on purpose. Our midwife arrived just after daughter, so very panicked husband got to deliver her with me, calm mom in labor, giving him directions. Of course he was ever so proud of himself afterwards!

    A belated happy birthday to you! emoticon emoticon

    173 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/16/2020 2:12:24 PM
    I loved your birthday story Jeannie I am sure that was amazing in those days. So you have to thank the fact you were born where there was still loads of food.My Mum was a war bride and she was in war torn London not such healthy babies there!
    173 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Happy Birthday, thanks for sharing your birth day , interesting. My birth story is that we were born early by couple of weeks. When my dad called relatives to say they had twin girls, no one believed him at first, because my mom didn't look like she was having one and. two were born.. We were small babies, my sister weighed 4 pounds 4 ounces, and me the smaller on weighed 3 pounds 4 ounces. As long as they kept moms in the hospital back then, both of us were weighed up to the going home weight by then.
    173 days ago
    Now that is a great birth day story. My birthday now seems so boring. emoticon emoticon
    Thank you for sharing. emoticon
    173 days ago
    Wow, for the first time your mom told you that the dr took her to the hospital in the red buick! Amazing!! And the dr dropped her off promising he'd be back as he had to take care of some baby pigs! Mom's are indeed are special!
    173 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Love your story and the reflections. You have some wonderful memories of your mom. I n age, I am a little behind you but in newborn weight, possibly a little ahead. And I gave birth to 9+# babies as well. I guess we Iowans grow them big.
    Happy Birthday to you as well.
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    174 days ago
    Happy Birthday, Jeannie! Love your birthday story! Thank you for sharing it with us! emoticon
    174 days ago
  • JILLIAN0216
    Great story and one to treasure!
    174 days ago
    It was enjoyable reading your story. My story is I was a breech birth and there were a lot of people around to observe. My Mom was not happy about that!
    174 days ago
    Lol Jeanie ,,, sure did laugh more than once!!! TY!! TY!! What a very sweet story. We may lose our Moms physically, but the heart holds onto the memories with an intense love. That never leaves. TY TY Jeannie and hey now aw days 9 lbs is not big!! If you weren't on Sparks we'd of missed out on knowing such an amazing woman. So glad you are here
    174 days ago
    Happy Birthday to you, and I also turned 77 in Sept. but I was born at home. I was the last baby that mom had that was doing home deliveries, and house calls. But he had promised mom that I would be born at home, so he full felled his commitment and that was the start of a new era for him. Red Buick, huh?
    174 days ago
    Happy Birthday! 10 days in the hospital?! Can you imagine that happening today?
    Hope you have a wonderful day--and no blizzard!
    174 days ago
  • 1958TMC
    Happy birthday!! I loved this story. And for momma to tell it to you every year makes it even better. We all miss our fathers but most of us miss momma so bad that it hurts!! Sounds like yours was a real story teller. emoticon
    174 days ago
    A good story. My husband was born in 1944 and he was born in a blizzard. The story goes the dr. crawled in the second store window..the snow was so deep. That's what I was told..
    174 days ago
    emoticon What a heartwarming story. Maybe with that many family members at home, he thought your mom needed an extra day of pampering. You must have held a special place in your mom's heart for her to retell the story of your birth every year. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful memory.

    Stay safe. Be well. emoticon emoticon
    174 days ago

    Make today the greatest day of your life
    Until tomorrow!

    Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything.
    W. Clement Stone
    174 days ago
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