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Reflecting on a very special Mother's Day



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May 13, 2009
While brushing my teeth this morning, I thought back to the events of 22 years ago today. By this time of the morning (7:45) I had no inkling that the day would go like it did, and by 10:22 my youngest had made his appearance.

True, the day before, we had made a trial run to the hospital, just to see how long it would take to get there; and, actually, we had kind of hoped that would be the day. It was, after all, Mother's Day, AND I had a track record of delivering before the birthing staff was ready for me.

Still, when Aunt Lizzie walked down the hill around nine to hand me the rent check for the trailer above the potato storage, and felt like chatting, I was a bit fidgety. I hated to run her off so quickly, especially since we so rarely had time to just visit, but finally I had to tell her what was going on. She left, I called over to Mom Tanis' where I was pretty sure I could catch Mike—in for his usual cup of coffee.

"Should I come right home, do you think?"

"Probably should."

"Do I have time for a quick shower?"

"I think so—a really quick one."

By the time he finished, though, I was getting a little concerned. How many minutes was it that it had taken to drive to the hospital yesterday?

We called ahead, waved at Debbie and her crew out picking asparagus, turned up Bowers Road, and within minutes were met at the door of the hospital by a nurse with a wheelchair. Fortunately Dr. Heitsch lived around the corner, and within minutes, he was ready for the big event. Mike was on hand too—allowed, for the first time—to watch one of his children being born.

Last week that child graduated from college. And this morning, I'm sitting here thinking, "Where did the time go?"

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