Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The day I met my mother

On May 22, three decades ago, my very pregnant mother sat on a wall watching her Catholic school students play during recess. A nun walked up to her and said, "How are you?"

"I'm in labor," my mother said.

The nun understandably freaked out. My mom told her to chill.

She went to the doctor's office for a check-up because I was due any day now. I'm punctual like that.

"You're in labor," the doctor said.

"I know," replied my mother.

Then she went to pick up my father for his birthday dinner. She told him happy birthday, but she'd have to put it on hold because they were about to have a baby.

They took my sister to my grandma's house and mom drove them to the hospital. The doctor said she had a while to go and did she mind terribly if he went home and got some dinner? She said okay.

And as soon as he drove out of the parking lot I said "I'm up out this piece!" and I decided to break loose from my watery cavern.

And the nurse who was supposed to give my mother an epidural dropped the needle twice and my mom said nope! and at 10 pm she pushed me out all by herself, no doctor, no needles, no nothing.

And I was a wee little hairless baby who weighed five pounds nothin. She said I looked like Gandhi on a hunger strike.

And the first thing I did when they shoved me in her arms was grab her necklace and look her in the eye and go, "Look here, lady. I'm in the world now. Things are gonna change."

And they did.


  1. Amazing. Wonderful. Even though it's not quite time yet, let me wish you a Very Happy 30th. Have a fantastic day. You deserve it.

  2. Anonymous10:50 PM

    Happy Birthday.

    May you have many more.


  3. Way to take life by the cojones.

    Happy Birthday Emily, and welcome to the thirties. I'm six months in and loving it.

  4. Happy Birthday. Here's to success in a new year.

    Forget 30 being the new 21. 30 is the new genesis.

  5. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Happy Birthday. The dreaded 30th. 2 months to go for mine so I feel for you.


  6. you survived another trip around the sun, congrats
    enjoy whatever you are doing, or not doing, to mark the occasion

    Kevin J

  7. Anonymous4:10 PM

    Birthdays are silly.

  8. It wasn't silly to my mother, which, in case you forgot how to read, is what this post is about.

  9. Happy Birthday, Emily! May you be the sunshine in all of this rain.


  10. Anonymous6:18 PM

    Hi Emily,

    Your blog has really been just a great inspiration for me…for quite a little while there. Of course, I don’t agree with everything always, but for the most part I think I get you.

    In fact, we have something in common here. Or rather, your Mother and I. I delivered my daughter without the benefit of drugs. My medical attendee was my mother who *was* benefiting from some drugs.

    You seem to have a great affection for your mother, and that is a very very good thing. Because of that you will probably experience a lot more of these birthdays.

    Happy Birthday Emily!

    Are you going to have a party? Celebrate! Have a good time!

    :(Not the other anonymous.:(

    :)This is your “cyberdog”:)


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