Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Birth Story

During my most recent telephone calls to my mother, the story of my birth has repeatedly been the subject of our conversation. Mom seems amazed that I shall be 68 years old on February 14th. She is less amazed that she will be 91 years old on March 1st.

In one of those telephone calls, Mom did a monologue of my birth story. Much of it I already knew; some, such as that I was do on February 7th, I did not know.

According to the story (legend), there were a total of six baby boys delivered by the same physician on that Valentine’s Day. The maternity ward was so crowded that my mother’s labor took place in a bed placed in the hallway outside the award.

After all six babies were born, the physician said to the new mothers, “If I had known that you all wanted Valentines I would have sent you cards.”

Back in 1946, mothers and their newborns remain hospitalized for a week to 10 days after the birth. So I spent the first 10 days of my life in hospital with my mom.

Each time mom tells me the story, she ends with the words, “You were the best Valentine I have ever received.”

One of the oldest photos I have of myself:
being held by Nanna,
my maternal grandmother

Click below: just a smidgen to help us make it through the month


  1. You tell fine stories, SSN.

  2. Blessings to you BOTH!
    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

    =^..^= <3

  3. Happy Happy Birthday Nick. A Valentine's baby!

    I just had a birthday this past Sunday and I'm not that far behind you in age. We are of a wonderful generation I think.

  4. At least you weren't named Valentine, Nick. That would have been a hard name to carry throughout school, kids being what they are! I've just had a birthday and I have a year on you (70 next year, what a thought lol!).

  5. Buon compleanno dall'Italia!
    (happy birthday from Italy)

  6. Happy Birthday, Nick! May you be blessed with many more happy years!