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November 29, 2003

you say it's your birthday

Every year on this day, I get to hear about "the day I was born" from my mother. Today she asked me if I remembered it, which is how the story starts every year. This year she asked me at the checkout counter of Best Buy. For some reason I didn't want to share this intensely personal moment with "Annette the Magnet", the checkout girl, so I said "I remember."
"Do you want me to tell you again?"
"No, Mom, I got it."
"Then you tell me."
[sigh] "I'll tell you in just a little bit, Mom."
"Tell me now or I'll do ET," she said, grinning at me like someone who knows she has won. (see my embarassing moment in the About page. and I wonder where I get my tenacity from...)
[sigh]"It was raining, and I was already 3 weeks late. The doctor didn't think you were going to go into labor, so he went home. You were home listening to classical music (Vivaldi) and I decided to make you get out in the rain..."
"Yes, that's right"
"And the nurse wanted you to name me after the doctor. I am sooo glad you didn't"
"His name was Robert and she said I should name you Roberta" (The doctor was named Robert E. Lee, of all things)
"Thank you for not naming me Roberta"
"I took one look at you and knew you weren't a Roberta. I held you in my arms and said 'Hello, Alicia, I am your mother.' "

Suddenly I felt so young. This ritual has happened every year on my birthday for as long as I can remember, and longer. I know my mother. She has told me the same story since the first birthday. Despite my grumpiness at the checkout line, I love that she takes the time to perform this little ritual every year. If/when I have children, I want to be as conscious of creating these moments as my mother is.

And I hope to hear this story from her for many, many more years.

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Alicia, A very happy birthday to you girl! You got to celebrate Thanksgiving and your birthday all in within the week .... Hope you had a great time with your mother and the start of another year for you!

Posted by: Wendy at Nov 29, 2003 10:08:55 PM

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had fun with your mother, too.

Wish I'd known . . .

Posted by: Anne at Nov 30, 2003 4:15:52 AM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Ana at Nov 30, 2003 6:47:00 AM

Happy Birthday! You can also be happy not to have been born a Scorpio - Sag is much more fun! (even with a few stray Scorpio planets to add some grit)

Posted by: Leslee at Nov 30, 2003 8:01:16 AM

Happy Birthday! :) Cool mum.

Posted by: jon at Nov 30, 2003 8:10:24 AM

Thanks, y'all :) I did have a good time with my mom, got some extra goodies for the new camera and, of course, the story.

Posted by: Alicia at Nov 30, 2003 8:38:20 AM

Alica, happy bday...I laughed outloud reading your story about mom and the day you were born story. My mom has one too, and I love it, even though sometimes it can be...ummm.. a bit much. But i would not have it any other way...it does make me feel young when she tells me, but for that moment, i am her baby girl. (In her story, she almost gives me away! but it is a good ending!)

Posted by: Kelly at Nov 30, 2003 10:00:23 AM

Oops, sorry about that, empty entry. O_o Happy Birthday Alicia! ^_^ I wish you the merriest day, even though it's a bit late to say so....oh well God bless. :)

Posted by: Andrew at Nov 30, 2003 6:14:30 PM

Happy belated birthday!!! I really should make my rounds and check my bloglist more often...

Posted by: David at Dec 2, 2003 11:33:54 AM