My Comedic Birth


Mom & Dad circa 1967


Let me begin by saying I am a firm believer in fate and I know that God has a plan for every living thing.  I was neither planned nor expected by my mom or dad. I was what you call an “accident”, although they still refer to me as their “love child.”  My parents were extremely young, just barely adults, and got married 3 months into my being conceived.  In those days and living in a small town, you can imagine that my creation was a bit of a scandal.

My birth story is really quite ridiculous.  My mom had a best friend, Gail, who lived with her husband in the upstairs apartment from my parents of an Army base.  The two of them would concoct pranks to play on my poor defenseless dad.  Toward the end of her pregnancy, mom would feign labor pains to the point where dad had her in the car on the way to the hospital before she broke the news that it was all just a joke.  Needless to say, when she really DID go into labor, dad didn’t believe her.  She went into labor at 5am and he continued on to work, leaving his young wife to fend for herself, thinking as he went out the door, “ha, she didn’t get me this time.”

The next comedy of events cannot be made up.  At this point Gail had moved across town and mom had to walk to the neighborhood market to call her from the pay phone (dad’s Army salary didn’t permit them a phone).  Gail sped to my parent’s house, wearing her bedroom slippers, and drove my mom to the Fort Monmouth Army Hospital where she parked her car out front.  Gail commandeered a poor young soldier standing by to carry up mom’s luggage (in 1967 you needed “luggage” because your stay was a week long and you had to bring your own diapers and formula).

In the meantime, Gail made a call to my dad at work, only to find out that his supervisor wouldn’t let him go.  She called back imitating the head nurse on duty and demanded that he be released immediately.  With Gail’s’ track record, it was not a surprise that it worked.  Dad came rushing to the hospital, but was only allowed to stay for 20 minutes and couldn’t enter mom’s room.  He had to speak to her from the doorway facing away because he wasn’t allowed to look at her either.  In the meantime, Gail had to get home so her husband could use the car to get to work (do you recall the one-car family?), when she suddenly remembered that it had been left running out in front of the hospital.  Naturally, when she reached it, the vehicle had run out of gas.

Me with my Great Grandma Peacock. Don’t you just love the cloth diapers? So glad someone came up with disposables before my own child-bearing years!

Yet, out of all that chaos, I entered the world at 1:23pm on Thursday, April 6, 1967.  I seemed to turn out just fine, even after years of pranks from mom which included, but not limited to, her jumping out of my closet after I watched “The Exorcist” for the first time.  But that’s a story for another, well… story.


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Thank you for visiting my blog! Here's a little about me: I am now a stay-at-home mom courtesy of a little epidemic called "A Bad Economy." It was quite a blessing in disguise because all this new-found free time gave me the opportunity to start an online scrapbooking supply business (you can find us at We are geared toward the busy scrapper and offer easy to use products and kits -- sorry, shameless plug). Scrapbooking is a craft I found, jumped into and became an addict of almost 20 years ago. I love history, so what better way to preserve my own history through this wonderful craft, right? I love to share new things that I learned, discovered or think about with everyone so enjoy!

Posted on October 6, 2010, in Memorabilia Pockets. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Aw, no fair! I want the funny birth story! I love this…no one is going to be able to “top” this one.

  2. Thanks “CoolMama” — It’s fun hearing it from my mom (every single year at 1:23pm on April 6 I have to hear this story…LOL!). It’s definitely fun retelling it!

  3. What a great birth story. You’re right – those events could not be made up ;o). Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great story! Cracked up at her jumping out of the closet after you watched The Exorcist – I think I would have passed out.

  5. This was beautifully written ! I am totally engaged and waiting for the next entry. Your mom is a character and can totally picture her getting into lots of ” fun” !!

  6. Oh this is a great example of how to tell a story and give heart and history at the same time!

    Thank God that beauty can come of a scandal.

    No phone, one car, not allowed to look at her… love all the details.

  7. I loved reading your birth story! You write beautifully, and I can’t wait to read more!

    group 2

  8. I really enjoyed reading your memory today. The details and the humor were great! I love that your parents kept life light and each other guess. This was priceless!

  9. Ha ha ha! Are we sisters? Lol. Your mom seriously sounds a lot like mine. I know I haven’t written much about her, but that will probably be something I will do in upcoming posts. (The Exorcist things sounds so like something she would do…or probably did to my older sister for that matter!)

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