Friday, February 12, 2010

Diana.......

29 years ago today, I was lying, at this very moment, on the top step of our swimming pool. Very pregnant. It was 30+C and I could not get cool. I probably looked like a beached whale. In fact, I am sure I did. I was not in a reasonable mood. My husband used to remind me of this. Frequently. I had been to a check up at my gynae/obstetrician earlier, and I told him the baby could come any time. The sooner the better. Just not the next day. That would be Friday 13th back then.

So of course I went into labour at midnight on the dot. SOMEBODY thought that was amusing.

And 11 hours later, my daughter made her appearance. Friday 13th is a very special day in this family, as a consequence. And I have never been the same.

It is Friday 12th February here at the moment, but down there at the bottom of the world, a very special girl has already woken and started her day. And thanks to the marvels of modern technology (I love Skype), I have seen her and spoken to her. The fact that she was half asleep is irrelevant. She is the most amazing young woman, you know. I have said this so many times, I know. But she really is. I am so lucky to be her Mum.

I am thinking back over the years and all the memories pop up randomly like a slide show in my mind...... the little red-haired monkey who looked just like Annie, the pig-tails, the shrieks of laughter, the water baby, Care Bears, nearly drowning but saved by her big brother, the best friends, the doll called Polly, the chicken pox on the ship, the pink party, ballet, camping, walking on the mountain, school sports days, days on the beach, toasting marshmallows, cycling about with her friends, shellsuits, singing and choirs, pantomimes, exams and hayfever, snow and Alps, rollerblades, university, London, global trotting................ and always the grin. The way she draws people to her, and the way she leads children in her work for the church. The way we smile when we are around her. She really does light up the room.



Adventurer. Explorer. Unique. Special. Lovely. Fun.

My daughter.

Happy Birthday, my girly! I love you loads and loads.

9 comments:

Morning Glory said...

Happy Birthday to your Diana! What a lovely tribute you've written.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

A very happy birthday to your sweet daughter! You're both blessed with each other. :o)

Have a great weekend, Linds.

Love and hugs,

Diane

Vee said...

Well you know what they say...the acorn doesn't fall too far from the tree. Hope that your darling daughter has a most wonderful day!

Lisa Marie said...

Beautiful Girl Happy Birthday Diana!

Crystal said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Diana!! What a great post to write, Linds. I know (from my own experience) just how much you are missing her today! ((( HUGS )))

Needled Mom said...

Happy birthday, Diana! I can read how much you changed your mum's life for the better.

Happy "birth" day to you too, Linds.

Dawn said...

Her picture on your sidebar shows her joy of life. Kev was 4 that day!

Mary said...

I just love your heart.

Midlife Mom said...

What a lovely, lovely tribute to your daughter! How blessed you are and I know you know it. She sounds like an amazing young woman with many things to do in life! Happy Birthday Diana!!!!!