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So. Seventeen years ago, my father in law, a widower, died suddenly in his sleep. We had been preparing our house for his 60th birthday party. The Aunties were coming. But just five days early, he didn't wake up, stayed tucked up in bed. I saw him there, and it was as if he were asleep still.

Thing was, seventeen years ago I was pregnant with our first baby. We had a funeral for Kev the day before the party had been due. The Aunties came. When they left, we broke out a bottle of this amazing German wine Kev had bought for the party. It was smooth as honey. My friend, my husband and I drank some. My friend went home at midnight and an hour later, my waters started to break. Thus was heralded the slow and reluctant arrival of a small and slightly early baby, Christy. A Neville Barnes. That's the forceps. I won't mention what other indignities those produced. I spent ten days in hospital in the end, mainly because the stress of it all shut down my waterworks and I eventually left hospital with a baby and a catheter.

Seventeen years later, I have, apart from other children, an amazing daughter, a bright, observant, creative daughter who loves, enjoys life, wants everything, loves me and has faith in the goodness of God and of others. I am very lucky. We are very lucky. Seventeen is almost an adult in some ways, and I am ready to let her fly free when she's ready but I can't see that happening for a wee while! Christy has adored our dog, Ottie, and our cat, Shyler, both gone now. She has seen death, birth, religion, sorrow and joy, all in her seventeen years and is all the better for it. Luckily, she has never been ill in any serious way but she has known illness in those around her and has proved compassionate and patient. I admire her positive approach, her energy and her zest for a good life.

Today I took her and her brothers to lunch in a Paris-style cafe because Christy appreciates good food as a special treat... Finn, nibbling on 'Hand-crafted French Fries' declared he would never eat at McDonalds again *g*


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 27th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
Beautiful post :-)
Jan. 30th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you :-)) I guess it's easy to write about someone special!
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Jan. 30th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Oops, sorry, wrong answer back there!!!

Thanks for your kind comments. And thanks from Christy!
Always thinking of you over there xxx
Jan. 27th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to Christie!!

...And thank you for your lovely description of your beautiful daughter!
Jan. 30th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, dear Viv. And thanks from Christy xx

I think it's easy to write good things about someone special.
Jan. 28th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Christy.

Any photos ??
Jan. 30th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
Thanks from Christy!!

Photos of Christy? I'll tell her to find you one!!
Jan. 30th, 2009 09:30 am (UTC)
Love to see any photos you made on the day....you included !
Jan. 30th, 2009 09:39 am (UTC)
Ha ha. Not me LOL! We didn't take any pics that day as far as I can recall!
But I'll find something to post!
Jan. 28th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
I hope Christy - and the rest of you - had a wonderful day! What a thoughtful and thought-provoking post!
Jan. 30th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Thanks so much :-))

Your e-card to Christy was the most gorgeous thing ever!! OMG we just kept looking and looking at it!! Thanks heaps xx
Jan. 28th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to Christy! And I'm sure my mom would say, adult or no, hold on as long as you can, and cherish each moment. She'll have her own life before you know it!
Love you lady!
Jan. 30th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
Thanks xx

-hold on as long as you can, and cherish each moment. She'll have her own life before you know it!
You and your mom are so right. I do need to hold on in a loving kind of way!! It's hard to believe she'll be off having that life sometime soon without asking me fifty questions a day!

Love you too ;-))
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