Thursday, January 3, 2008

Another Year Older

It's true, January 4th is my birthday.  I admit to turning 66...there's just no use trying to fool anyone.  I'm not a "spring chicken" anymore...I'm a true "old hen."

The story that I was told is that my dad was working 12 hour shifts as a train dispatcher, from 7pm until 7am. So mom was home alone when she realized that the time had come.  There was no one who could take her to the hospital, so she called a cab.  She told me, even though dad wasn't able to be there, she felt at home once she checked in, because she had been working in the Maternity Ward there (she was a registered nurse) and knew all the staff.  She tried to hang on until dad could get off work but I didn't wait.  I was born at 5:27am, Sunday morning, January 4, 1942.  Dad raced to Tacoma General Hospital, as soon as he was relieved at work, to be at mom's side. I was looking in my baby book this afternoon and it's dad's writing that filled in all the details. He must have been a proud dad.  Usually it's the mom that does that. He even wrote in my birth weight (7 lbs 8oz) and height ( 1 foot 8-1/2 inches)...that made me would have written 20-1/2 inches.

I noticed an interesting note in the back of my baby book; mom wrote "registered on January 29, 1942 with D.A.R. at McCarver School.  Identification to be used in case of air raids.  Number 9356."     I'll have to do some research on that. 

I'm so thankful, that I was born to William (Bill) and Edythe (Edy)Smith.  They were the best parents anyone could ever ask for. 

My darling grand daughter and son-in-law stopped by and brought me a lovely card with 2 gift cards and......a beautiful white cake with lemon filling that Meghanne made.  There's a beautiful mauve rose that came with it and rose petals on and around the cake.  Thank you again Meghanne...I cut a piece of it and it's yummy. 


jeadie05 said...

A Very Happy Birthday dear Linda ,and many many Happy returns of the day now for a few weeks we are the same age ,How lovely that your parents made a baby book for you with all those facts ,Have a lovely day ..With love Jan xx

sharonna1955 said...

Happy Birthday LInda to you and also to me...wishing you a great Day not a spring chicken either

pm71blackfen said...

Happy Birthday to you!  66 years young!  How lovely that you have the 'baby book' to look back on, I can imagine how proud your Dad was when he was filling in the details.

The cake looks wonderful too Linda, clever Meghanne!  Enjoy the rest of your day!   Love, Pat

specialadyfink said...

"Happy Birthday To You-Happy Birthday To You-Happy Birthday,Dear Linda-Happy Birthday To You(sour singing here...)--and many more
Have A Wonderful Day

nightmaremom said...

Happy Birthday!!!

treesrgreen78 said...

Happy birthday Linda,  Meghanne's cake is really lovely, what a beautiful gift to receive.  Many blessings to you today my friend.  A baby book is a treasure, i also still have mine too.  Have a wonderful day and God bless.

lv2trnscrb said...

happy birthday Linda! May you have a fantastic year filled with much love, smiles, happiness and peace!

I think it was neat your dad recorded your baby book! A neat remembrance to look back on; if you find any information about what your mom recorded about the air raids/registration, do let me know. that is fascinating!

the cake looks delicious; enjoy!


sugarsweet056 said...

HB!!!!!! Have a great day & a wonderful year!
Lovely entry, TY for sharing your BD with us. :)

cayasm said...

Happy Birthday Linda


cayasm said...

Happy Birthday Linda


preciousone25 said...

Happy Birthday, Linda.... May your year ahead be happy, and may you have many more just like it!!  Your cake is beautiful!!!


jeanno43 said...

Happy Birthday dear friend. Hmm, are you sure you are 66?  I was born in 43 and I am 64 lol.  Have a super day!

breakaway1968 said...

Happy 66 Years YOUNG!  Your only old if you "feel" old right?  That was nice of them to stop over and give you that gift :)   Can't wait to see what that research brings you on the stuff written in the back of your baby book.  

breakaway1968 said...

I just took a look at that cake!! WOW that is a cute cake and great idea to add the rose pedals too!  And you were sure a cute baby ;)  

wwfbison said...

Your cakes looks terrific...mmmmm ~ enjoy!!!  Happy Birthday - may you have many more.

carolelainedodd said...

Cake looks delicious. And you were a bonny baby.

fasttrack58 said...

What a great entry about your bday!! and what a wonderful cake!!
Happy Birthday!
Have a great weekend!
Linda :)

nay0114 said...

Hope you had a great birthday.
Take care and Hugs, Chrissie

musicgirl607 said...

Happy birthday grandma!!! I'm glad you liked the cake!
Love you!!

robsbrooklyngirl said...

I was born Jan. 3rd 1973. I was supposed to be born on X-Mas Day but that didn't happen, then on Jan. 1st & that didn't happen either LOL. My poor Mom. I was finally born on Jan. 3rd.