Nearly my birthday

So, this one’s for my mom, who, 45 years and nearly 24 hours ago went into the hospital, ready to give birth for the fourth time.  With two girls and a boy at home, and she felt it necessary to hide the fact that what she really wanted was one more girl. So, when the doctor asked, “what are you hoping for,” my superstitious mother said, “a boy.”  And then, when I came out, fully not a boy, my giddy mother had to work hard to convince that same stupid doctor who asked such a question in the first place that truly, honestly, she was fine with her fourth baby being a girl.

This is for my mother, strength personified, who appears to handle all adversity without caving or crumbling, doing the work that needs to be done.  Not without bitching, entirely, but still doing it.

This is for my mother, my poor widowed mother, who passed along her dark humor and her political outrage.  Who passed on her brown hair and her love of babies.  Who teaches me over and over and over again what loving your children looks like, sounds like, is like.

With a boatload of gratitude, this is for my mother.  Happy birhtday to me.  Thank you for this life.


  1. uuMomma · May 29, 2008

    Thanks Karen and Mime.


  2. MIME · May 28, 2008

    Woo hoo! Happy Birthday to you and Happy Mother’s Day to her! And what a fine job she and your father did.


  3. karen · May 28, 2008

    And what a wonderful job she did! Happy birthday to you, and cheers to your momma!


  4. uuMomma · May 28, 2008

    Thanks, all. And mama: Me, too; me, too!


  5. radical mama · May 28, 2008

    That was so nice, uumomma. I hope my girls say such kind things about me when they are women. Happy happy birthday!


  6. earthbound spirit · May 28, 2008

    Happy Birthday! I’m grateful for your mother, too!


  7. mskitty · May 27, 2008

    Happy Birthday!


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