Tuesday, October 31, 2006

20 Years Ago This Evening

Meagan was born in Youngstown, Ohio. Tonight she is in Mankato celebrating with friends. Happy birthday wishes and much love to our first.

1 comment:

ProgressiveChurchlady said...

Happy 20th Birthday Meagan! I'll pray that you celebrate with safe and cautious wild abandon. A Halloween birthday at college can be scarier than The Blair Witch Project! (At least for the parents, if not for their invincable and experimental offspring.)

My husband and I have haunting memories of Halloween when it comes to birthing babies...

Our first child--had it not miscarried at 10 weeks gestation, in April of 1988 during our first year in the house we still live in--was due to be born on Oct. 31 and would be 18 yrs. old today. Until the past few days, I had not marked or calculated this loss but once or twice in the past 12 years.

On Nov. 1, 1995 -- our next pregnancy -- our baby's placenta pulled away from my uterus (an abruption) for reasons never to be medically explained. Despite extreme medical intervention our son Charlie was born a few weeks later prematurely at 22 weeks gestation. He lived only for a few minutes.

The next year we took more interest in learning about The Mexican Day of the Dead which is celebrated Oct. 31-Nov.2.

I thankfully am no longer haunted by the ghosts of babies past. (I can't speak for my spouse, but I think it is so for him too). We give thanks for our 2 little Halloween witches that went out gleefully extorting candy from our neighbors tonight.

In celebration of birthdays and in memory of a birthday that wasn't...here is an excerpt from an Aztec poem published from the book The Mexican Day of the Dead by Chloe Sayer. To me is seems rather like a birthday celebration!

"Rejoice, rejoice,
My flower king:
you own many jewels --

we do not come
only once
your heart knows the earth.