Thursday, 27 May 2010

It was 30 (something) years ago today...

It's my birthday! You don't need to know exactly which one, but I'm a bit older than I was in this picture, looking bog-eyed on my sixth birthday. I was thinking that after hearing so many stories from pals about giving birth I didn't actually know my own story, so I asked my Ma. Here it is.

My memories of 27th May 197*.
The day was a beautiful day - we were at the beginning of one of the hottest summers in living memory, a drought year*. I'd gone into hospital early as it was a planned caesarean birth and as I waited to go to theatre I read The Diary Of A Nobody. The vicar of St Mary's came in on one of his hospital visiting sessions and looked at my book and was astounded as it was his all time favourite book and he had never come across anyone else reading it in fifty years of visiting. He said that the new baby was bound to be a very bright baby with a good sense of humour!

The birth took place around lunchtime and was performed by a Dr Jolly! I was well out of things but we'd taken the precaution of leaving a card with the results of the birth within my eyesight so I woke to "Caroline is here" several hours later. I was beside myself with joy as I had always hoped for a girl but thought I was destined only to have boys. I was quite poorly after the birth, but I don't think anything could have taken the smile off my face.

You were a gorgeous little thing, initially covered in little red birthmarks that disappeared after a few days. I can remember being very proud when they lined you up on a bed with a group of other babies as you were well rounded and totally alert.

[*Bit of a giveaway clue, this. Not so much on the well-rounded and totally alert anymore, sorry Ma! Well done breeders, I don't know how you do it. ]

21 comments:

  1. Happy birthday lovely lady. I too was born during that long hot summer (at the top end tho - April)- a vintage year methinks.

    Hope James spoils you rotten

    xxx

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  2. Happy Birthday! Great mum story on your arrival into this world. Wishing you a great day.

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  3. Happy Birthday - can't believe it was 3* years ago. Where did all those years go? Hope you have a fab day today - will speak to you later xx

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  4. Happy Birthday Cazza, have a lovely day...xxx

    P.S I am totally digging the dollshouse, WANT!

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  5. happy birthday! hope the sunshine re appears in your honour and you have a fab day

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  6. OMG! that is THE CUTEST picture!!! happy, happy birthday! we're b-day buddies, as mine was last thursday!!!

    wondering if the year in question was perhaps 1977 b/c it was scorcher here in the u.s. that may (and i was born 15 days overdue...my poor mother!!!)??? ;)

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  7. Happy birthday Cazzy from someone who was also born in 197*.

    xx

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  8. Ah! Happy Birthday! I know exactly which long hot summer that was! There was a water shortage. I remember my friends and I were running around spraying each other with the hosepipe while my Mother was doing god knows what in the house and the water board came round to complain. Good choice by your Mum, I'm quite partial to a bit of Grossmith myself. I love your picture, it reminds me of being that age. I had stacks of books, a dollshouse a globe and a rocking chair too. Have a brilliant day. Much love, Christina xx

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  9. Happy Birthday. I can't believe you are 30 fifteen already (I think 1965 was a hot year).

    Re your last comment, I don't know how the breeders do it either...

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  10. Happy birthday!! I love the story from your Mum - she's obviously a very proud ma!

    Love the pic of little you too! Great hat :)

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  11. Happy birthday! Hope you had a fab day :)

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  12. Happy Birthday!!! I hope you did nice things :)

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  13. Happy Birthday Caroline!!!!!!!!!

    Hope you've had a lovely time.

    And what a cool picture!

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  14. I'm late but Happy Birthday!

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  15. Thanks everyone. You're all lovely. xx

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  16. Happy Birthday! What a nice story and that book is great fun!

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  17. that actually left a tear in my soppy eye. until the postman's singing woke up the sleeping baby. x

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  18. Happy birthday! Claim the whole weekend...

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  19. Happy birthday! The sun is meant to come back out tomorrow so celebrate all weekend long.

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  20. Happy late Birthday, Caroline! Glad you had a good one! xx

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  21. Bebebebelated (that's what it is if your four days late, right?) birthday congratulations from me too! It seems I was born the very day before you, in a hospital the other end of the country.

    Only just read this as have been away by the sea for a week. Of course a visit to 'The C-No' (can I call it that for short?) was one of my first ports of call as I'm now reconnecting with the digital world.

    Have a good (SPOILER ALERT!) 35th year! Bx

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