Wednesday, 27 August 2008

A Race Against Slow Time

Snippets from various blogs occasionally remind me of events! The year was December 31st 1968 and I was ensconced in hospital in Bermuda awaiting the birth of Son. Whilst in labour I was informed that the custom was that various shops shower the first baby of the year with gifts. Oh, I thought, I had better hang on!

However Son arrived just before midnight. About four hours later a woman from the US base stationed in Bermuda arrived with her newborn baby to share the room in the hospital. All hell broke loose in the morning - indeed - gifts were showered and stacked up on the other side of the room from me and Son.

My mum, back home in the UK, sent me flowers which were arranged nicely by my bed.

In the afternoon the Press arrived to take photos of the proud mother and her new year baby. The Photo Men arranged the room and then noticed that New Year Parents had no flowers - they whisked mine away to add to the artistic effect! I felt pretty low! I think I left that hospital fast and Son bellowed for days!

12 comments:

Lane said...

That's adding insult to injury! How inconsiderate of your son not to hang on for a bit:-)

cheshire wife said...

How mean can you (or they ) get?

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Oh Lindsay - that was a bit mean - no wonder your son bawled! I hope you took your flowers with you.
I wonder if you thought then that you would look back one day and laugh!

A x

Retiredandcrazy said...

Funny old life isn't it? Thankfully you can look back now and smile.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Yes. I agree with all those comments. Giving birth is a roller coaster of emotion in itself...without the aftermath! My husband was born at Epsom hospital and all the nurses wanted to watch the Coronation. He was crying so what did they do...put him in a cupboard to keep him quiet!! Hopefully the world is much changed these days...

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Hi Lindsay - just popped in to say that I always enjoy reading your blogs so have left an award for you to pick up on mine. Hope you can pop in sometime to collect.

A x

Maggie May said...

That was bang out of order. What a way to be treated.

Ciao said...

Hi, we optained a huge container for water this year 1000 litres, little did we think it would be filled in a week this summer, hubby is thinking of getting another one just for the winter rain.... Love your blogg xx

Liz said...

How mean is that?! You should have held onto your flowers in a tug-of-war!

Denise said...

Ooooooo, I'd be a bit peeved. Fancy doing a thing like that. They should at least have recognized you and your darling little boy. Well, it was their loss.

blogthatmama said...

I can't believe she didn't give you just a little present to be kind as it was such a near miss!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Lindsay...Hope all is well. Maybe you are away? If so I hope you are having a wonderful time. Just popped over to yours and noticed you haven't blogged for a while. We've been away so I'm a bit out of synch! Hadriana x