Saturday, March 01, 2014

It's my son's birthday today... He is 21 years old!!

Where have the last twenty one years gone to because it really does seem like yesterday when Mrs C and I rushed to the local hospital via ambulance. It was about 5 am and there was snow on the ground and we lived in a pokey little flat two floors above a funeral parlour via an outside metal staircase. In the hospital the "ward" was situated in a corridor because of renovations although Mrs C gave birth in an appropriate room. The first midwife was dreadful and in a hurry although the second one who took over was lovely. A West Indian woman who was helpful, concerned and couldn't do enough. There was a complication during the birth and the room was suddenly invaded by a horde of nurses and doctors. No. 1 son wasn't breathing apparently but that was quickly sorted and all was well. The midwife cleaned him up and gave him to me as well as a cup of tea. Mrs C wasn't offered one until she asked for it. So No.1 arrived at 08.30 and the world as I knew it irrevocably changed. Despite our ups and downs over the years I am immensely proud of him. We had discussed names with Mrs C liking Ciaran or Matthew whereas I liked Augustus Xerxes Caesar... only kidding. He received none of those names and we named him Philip, after a good friend of mine although I do like to wind people up stating "We named him after Prince Philip, God bless him". I would like to claim he was named after top bloke Phil Harding but the first Time Team programme didn't air until January 1994. His future is ahead of him although with the noise increasing as armchair warriors rattle sabres for a second Crimean war I do worry what the future holds. For today, it is a time of celebration and happiness.



Blogger Scoakat said...

Happy Birthday, Philip!
Any special plans with him today, Delcatto, or has he already run off with his friends?

2:07 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Congratulations and happy celebrations to you all!

4:16 pm  
Blogger Declan Walsh said...

His girlfriend's gone home & he's out on the town with his mates.

8:11 pm  

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