Walking away is not an option... dialogue must prevail.

"A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with."
- Kenneth A. Wells

"I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace."
- Helen Keller

Friday, October 3, 2008

39 years ago...

... my mother nearly died.

She was always too sweet to tell me, but I bet you it was because of my big head.

Shortly after my birth, the doctor informed my parents that I would have to be transferred to the Childrens Hospital because of jaundice. Dad traveled back and forth from my mother's bedside after her C-section in one hospital to the nursery where I spent time being roasted like a little chicken in another. Mom always said he took so many pictures, it was probably the flash from the camera that gave me enough light to overcome the jaundice.

She also suspected that during my time there, I was inoculated with a gramophone needle. I think she meant I talk too much (can you believe that?)...

My parents made me who I am today, and for that, I'm thankful. And I will honour them by standing up for who I am and being true to myself.

Have a great weekend folks... I know I will. I'll be spending it with my Chicklet and my Honey.


Travis said...

Happy Birthday.

Lu' said...

Enjoy :)

Anndi said...

Travis: thanks

Lu: I will... big time! Thanks my friend!

Akelamalu said...

What a lovely way to tell us it's your birthday!

I hope you have a wonderful day and a wonderful year to your next birthday Anndi. x

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

Happy Birthday. I say that you call it your Birth weekend and do whatever makes you happy.

Dianne said...

I second the Birthday Weekend idea!

What a lovely post. To honor your parents on your birthday.

You're a sweetie and I don't think you talk too much, I think I talk just right :)

Avitable said...

Happy birthday, Anndi!

Turnbaby said...



San said...

Anndi, I'm so glad you survived the jaundice to tell this lovely story. Your life was meant to be!

Happy Birthday. Luxuriate in your family--you are passing on the tradition of love from your own parents. Life is good.

Anndi said...

Akelamalu: Thank you sweetie, I appreciate the good wishes!

PHFL: Excellent idea! It shall be so! Thanks!

Dianne: If it wasn't for them... I wouldn't be here. I appreciate all they did for me. Thanks... but you haven't talked to me on the phone LOL.

Avitable: Thanks for stopping by.

Turnbaby: I couldn't have asked for a better present. Thank you my darling friend.

Anndi said...

San: Lovely to have a visit from you today! I'm glad I survived it too :)
It will be a most excellent weekend.

Slick said...

Happy Birthday girl....

You enjoy YOUR day :)

Matt-Man said...

Happy Birthday. I hope the three of you have a great weekend. Cheers Anndi!!

Anndi said...

Slick: Thank darlin'! It's a birthday extravaganza... we'll be celebrating Honey's as well since we couldn't be with him for his. :)

Matty: You're a peach. I'm sure we will. Thanks!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday!!

Cheesy said...

Happy joy joy baby gurlie! What a loving post!

Brian o vretanos said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy yourself!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Happy Birthday, Anndi!

May all your birthdays bring you joy;
many, many, more;
years to journey.

May each new day be as wonderful as the last;
discovering life's bounty;
filled with love, health, and happiness.

May your heart find its path;
through all that you do;
God continue to bless you.

Jay said...

Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy,



*deep breath*

Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy,


Knight said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I'm glad everyone came out happy and healthy even with the big head and the jaundice. Do it up right today and spoil yourself!

Charles Gramlich said...

Yes happy birthday. Great story. Love the piece about the "gramaphone needle." LOL>

Bond said...

Happy Birthday

jenboglass said...

Woo-HOO! Birthday Girl! Can I just say that this was probably the most beautiful and selfless and touching and remarkable birthday post ever? Have a happy day! This post just made mine!

Jeff B said...

♫"Happy birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Anndi.

(big finish here)


Sanni said...

Happy birthday to you,
happy birthday to you,
haaaapppy biiiirthday,
dear Anndi,
happy birthday to you!

Alles Liebe zum Geburtstag wuenschen

Frank, Lily, Luis, Jersey, Master William T. Sheep & Sanni

Anndi said...

Karen: Thank you sweetie! :) we may not agree about politics sometimes, but you're a great girl!

Cheesy: Thanks! I'm here because of them... I think we need to celebrate those responsible for someone being around :)

Brian: Thanks buddy!

Nick: You always have the most wonderful wishes. Thank you so much!

Jay: Bravo!!! Thanks! *giggle*

Knight: me too! Thanks, and I know my Honey will take care of me.

Charles: It was one of my mom's favourite stories! Thank you!

Bond: Thanks

Jen: Awww shucks! Thanks sweetie. I appreciate that.

Jeff: Bravo to you as well! You and Jay could start a choir... *wink*

Slyde said...

happy birthday missy!

and for the record, i do NOT think you talk too much!

Anndi said...

Slyde: SMOOCH! LOL! Thank goodness! I was starting to wonder!

VE said...

Happy Birthday. And mya all your future 39th birthdays be just as well!

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Have a great borthday. I'd sing for you, but I'd rather you stay well...

buffalodick said...

Happy Birthday, Melon head... Heeheehee... Just kiddin'! Buffalo Hugs for you!

Ron said...


HIP-HIP HORAY!!!!!!!!!


Ok…now get ready to watch the male stripper I hired, to jump out of the cake and dance for you!


……wasn’t that FABULOUS???

I know, I‘m sorry…but he’s very fast.

That’s why they call him the FLASHER!!!!


Hey listen, your line about how the camera flash gave you enough light to overcome the jaundice…make me HOWL!!!


I hope you had a spectacular day, my wonderful Libra Twin Friend!

And I can’t tell you, how GLAD I am that you came into this world.

You add so much light, humor and love!

Thank you, Anndi!

P.S. and listen…I still have ONE piece of that cake left and enough champagne for one more glass, so stop by Philly!

Happy Weekend!


Great story!
Happy B-Day Anndi.

Did you sneak back under a sunlamp to do a little roasting?

CrystalChick said...

Hello lovely lady! Hope you are having a wonderful birthday weekend with Chicklet and Honey.

Hope it's a great year!!
hug, M

coopernicus said...

Happy Birthday, Hon!!!!! What a great way to spend the day...thanx for sharing the fotos...I think I was inoculated with the same needle..

Desert Songbird said...

Sorry to be late to the party. Here's hoping your weekend is going smashingly well.

Happy happy!

Desert Songbird said...

Or should I say (and forgive my bad spelling!), "Bonne anniversaire!"

amynoroom said...

Happy Birthday girly girl!!!!!!! Hope you had a fantastic weekend and birthday!!!!!!

Roger said...

Happy Birthday Anndi!!! Live it up!! :D

Anndi said...

Sanni and family: Danke!

Ve: Ha! Thanks dear.

Bud: Thanks my friend (for the wishes.. I would have loved some singing...)

Buff: You kid because you love... right? SMOOCH! Thanks buddy!

Ron: The Flasher! hahaha! Loved it!
Thanks for the giggles my dear friend. I'm so glad I stumble onto your blog.

Donn: Thanks! No, but I was snug as a bug in a rug with my sweethearts.

Mary: Thanks sweetie! We had a wonderful time together.

Coop: Thanks! You know, it's possible. But who says that's a bad thing ;)

Songbird: Merci beaucoup mon amie!

Roger: I had a great time! Thanks!

leelee said...

Happy Birthday...I knew you were cool..we share a birthday..only 11 years apart..

HUGS girlie!!

Anndi said...

Leelee: *high fives Leelee*

Best astrological sign EVAH (along with Pisces cause my Chicklet's a Pisces and she ROCKS!)

WE share our birthday with Stevie Ray Vaughn you know.... yeah, we're cool!

Twyla said...

Happy Belated Birthday. :-)

Meribah said...

I already said it in TOOSP, but I'll say it here too. HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY! Glad to hear you had fun! :)

Jean Knee said...

Oh yeah. definitely the big head. Is it still gigantic? I can't tell from your picture.

Happy Birthday just a little late :)

Anndi said...

Twyla: Thank you sweetie!


Jean knee: And it gets inflated on a regular basis!
Thanks ;)