Saturday, May 7, 2011

Saturday Snapshot--May 7, 2011

This meme is hosted by Alyce from At Home With Books

To participate in Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken. Photos can be old or new, and can be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. All Alyce asks is that you don't post random photos that you find online.

It's the day before Mother's Day so I thought I'd honor mine by having her be the subject of my Saturday Snapshot. This is July 19, 1965... the day before I was born. I think she looks pretty good!
  
My mom went into labor, cooked dinner for my dad and his friend, cleaned up (this was the '60s after all) and WALKED to the hospital carrying her own suitcase (my dad was with her, but in a cast up to his hip and on crutches). 3 hours later, out I came! I'm sure I've been just as easy ever since. Or, maybe not.

18 comments:

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Perfect for the day before we honor mothers. I got to the hospital ten minutes before my twin daughters were born in 1960 (they turned 51 on Tuesday). My son was bigger, so I was at the hospital two or three hours before he arrived in 1963.

Alyce said...

Wow, your mom's labor story is amazing! I wouldn't have guessed that she was expecting in that photo had you not pointed it out.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Bonnie--Awesome way to give birth! My own labor and birth of my daughter were pretty easy as well, thank goodness!

Alyce--Mom was just 21 so she had a pretty easy time of it. And, I get to have a young mom, which I love

Lee said...

Great photo & an interesting story. Happy Mother's Day!

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Great snapshot! You can't even tell she's expecting. And to walk to the hospital. She must be made of some sturdy stuff!! Most women today wouldn't do that. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books

Amy said...

Wow, your mom is an amazing, strong & easy-going woman. It boggles my mind that she walked to the hospital. In this photo she doesn't look pregnant...maybe in a side view she does. Your mom looks relaxed and happy here.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

That photo takes me back, Helen; even though my first child was born in 1966, we were basically having our kids at the same times. Your mom looks really good!

Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Amazing story Helen; what a lady.

Nikki-ann said...

A great photo of your mom and a lovely story to go with it :)

Aths said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing that story! Your mother looks amazing in that photo and very very excited for the events of the next day!

Faith said...

They just don't make em like they used to!!

Here's Mine

Bev Hankins said...

Great choice for a photo! And your mom looks great--she certainly doesn't look like she's expecting (let alone almost due)!

Here's my snapshot: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/05/saturday-snapshot-may-7.html

Angie @ By Book or By Crook said...

Wow! I would never have guessed she was pregnant! And the story of your birth is such a great one to pass on!

Leslie said...

That's a great story. Your mom looks like she had lots of energy.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Lee--Thank you, I'll have to let my mom know she's famous (or at least known)

Sherrie--I must admit that the walk wasn't too far, but still!

Amy--That's funny, relaxed isn't a word I'd use, but definitely strong and amazing :-)

Laurel-Rain--Ah, the mid-'60s! What an era. Actually, it was a great time to be a kid!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Diane--She is pretty incredible

Nikki-ann--Thank you

Aths--I wonder if she was terrified as well. Very young, in a new country, not really sure of what she was doing...

Faith--That is so true. I think I had a much easier time

Bev--This photo has always amazed me since from the front one can hardly tell she is pregnant

Angie--I like to think I made things easy for her in the beginning!

Leslie--Energy is definitely something my mom isn't lacking!

Mary said...

I love this story and the photo. Not sure I could have walked to the hospital while in labor!!!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Mary--I think the women in my family have a pretty good time with labor: short and not too tough