Monday, January 29, 2007

Happy Birthday to My First Born

I had best do this post quickly, because as of midnight, this will no longer be the birth date of my elder child. Thirty five years ago, our son was born.

I called him today and said that he took his own good time getting here. I was in labor from 2:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Well, for all those family members who have had to wait for him since then, just remember I was the first one who had to wait for him. Of course, his dad waited too. In fact, I slept through much of that day, but my dear husband didn’t. He was my coach, cheerleader, team spirit raiser par excellence. And also the first one who got to hold our son.

All the wonderful photos of my son as a baby are in 35 mm slide form, so I have none to offer here of the tiny baby. He was a cute child—with wonderful red curls that stood out around his head like a halo. Nothing else angelic about him, but the hair!

And now he is half way through his 30s. Whew—how can that be? That makes me. . .oh, never mind!

Of the two photos just above--the mouth open yelling son and the serious reading in the corner son, the second was far more typical.

When our daughter was born, our son was a great big brother. And a role model!

And for the last photo, our son and his wife!

Love you, son, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

My, oh my, where does the time go?


Ruth said...

What a nice tribute for your son. I just finished my birthday post, and recognized there is no greater gift than a loving family.
By the way...I have an inexpensive scanner that scans 35mm slides into digital images. All our family pics are on slides including the ones I posted tonight.

Mary said...

Isn't it great that we can share our family birthdays? You son was an angelic little boy that grew to be handsome. Yes, the time flew by...

This was very special to read and I'm determined to get my scanner working so I can share like you.

Cathy said...

The wonderful back-lit hair. Like a halo. I understand that red hair is becoming more and more rare. If your son and wife have children it looks as though there's a decent chance for them to pass along that trait.(among many other attractive ones:0)

Yes, where did the time go?

Anonymous said...

Yes indeed Donna. Where does the time go? I remember well when you were born. The East Tulare Hospital,in the San Joaquin Valley. About 6:00 o'clock in the evening. "About" because I was trying to get the car out of the street where we left it on the way to the hospital. Too long story to put in this comment. And I remember well when Geoffrey was born, and sitting with you in hospital for how many hours, the second or third day after he was born. You remember the why of that procedure, I'm sure.
Love. Father (or Dad if you prefer)

LauraO said...

And what a handsome baby he is. My son is 35 too. Don't get me started on 'where did the time go? Nice pictures and memories, thanks for sharing about your family.

Laurie said...

That is an absolutely lovely tribute. I'm sure your son was thrilled!

Ginnie said...

I keep telling my kids that I can't understand how I get younger and they get older...and of course they laugh and say, "you wish!"
A nice tribute to your son.

Climenheise said...

I remember learning of Geoffrey's birth. I had just arrived in Zimbabwe (back after seven years away) and found I had a nephew. He's 35? That makes me .... as you say, never mind. In the adult picture, I saw Carlin more clearly than I have thought in the past.

Thanks for sharing the memories.