Friday, June 23, 2006

Once upon a time....

.... there lived a tall, willowy young woman with remarkable green eyes. I should say that she was usually willowy, but in fact at the time this story took place, she was rather portly. Her legs and arms were still slender, but her belly was round and taut. She was not quite 25 years of age, and she was about to have her first child.

This particular day, Green Eyes was tired, and her back ached. She was a stoic type, though, and she carried on with her busy day regardless. Green Eyes was married, but her errant husband was away, doing study in another country. So she was on her own as she went to the doctor for a routine check-up.

The doctor examined Green Eyes, and raised his eyebrows in surprise. "You're going to have this baby tonight", he remarked. "Better go straight up to the hospital". Green Eyes was surprised, too - but she obediently did as she was told.

Up at the hospital, the midwife took one look at Green Eyes, standing calmly, bag in hand.

"Are you in labour? Why are you here?"

"Well, Dr Knowitall sent me here", Green Eyes murmured, feeling like an unwelcome guest.

"Well, come on then", the midwife bustled. "We'll get you settled in bed for the night."

An hour later, Green Eyes began to have contractions. The contractions became steadily stronger, and Green Eyes breathed heavily, bracing herself for each wave of gripping pain. Midwives appeared, and raised their eyebrows in surprise, just like Dr Knowitall had done. After an hour of pain, Green Eyes began to feel a compelling desire to push.

Half an hour later, on the evening of June 23rd, a baby girl was born. Green Eyes loved her instantly.

And Mum, I love you, too. Thank you for carrying me in your body, for labouring alone to have me, and for raising me to be a woman who tries to emulate you in mothering my own children.

11 comments:

Motherkitty said...

Jellyhead, happy, happy birthday. Please give your mum a big fat kiss because she is your mum and she had you. We are all the winners because you are here and you tell us such wonderful stories.

Thank you for sharing this lovely, intimate tale of your birth. Your mother was so lucky to have a "relatively" easy birth (quick).

Hope you have a wonderful birthday and everybody recognizes the importance of the day. Maybe Fatty will give you a really nice gift.

Heather said...

Happy Birthday, Jelly!

If you hadn't written about it being your birthday, I was going to sneak in and write a post to announce it to the world!

Kinda makes you regret giving me the keys to your blog, eh? hehe

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Alice said...

Happy, happy Birthday, Jellyhead. I hope you have a wonderful day.

A huge THANK YOU to Jellyma for giving us such a wonderfully compassionate, clever, funny, loving and articulate friend. She brightens our days and lifts our spirits. I guess she's pretty much like you, Jellyma.

susan said...

Happy Birthday To You
You Live in a Zoo...

Oh, sorry, wrong song.

Hope you have a great day!

HORIZON said...

Happy Birthday Jellyhead!
Lovely story.
:) Hope you have something special planned.

manababies said...

What a great birthday post - a tribute to your wonderful mom. She did a great job, I can tell. I know instantly you're someone who I'd love to have a cup of coffee with. :)

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Happy Birthday Jellyhead and I agree with everyone else's comments...You definately are a wonderful person and I hope your day is full of wonderful surprises.

I loved that name:
Dr. Knowitall *LOL*

shellyC said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JELLY!!! Hope you had a great day and so nice of you to think of your Mum on your birthday.

Shelly

TUFFENUF said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JELLY! I just love the way you write, the way you describe things. I hope you are keeping a copy of your wonderful posts for the eventual book. Have a lovely day!

Kerri said...

Happy birthday dear Jelly, happy birthday to yooooou! (and many more).
I just can't get over how original and creative your style of writing is. You are very entertaining Jelly, and we, your blog buddies, appreciate you very much.
What a wonderful story about your wonderful mum. Thanks for sharing it.
Thank you Jellyma for raising this daughter of yours so well. You did a fantastic job!

Alipurr said...

how sweet. happy birthday, too