Thursday, 27 May 2010
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. ]