Usually November is a month of thanksgiving and Thanksgiving. But, in our house, it is our busiest month of birthdays, with three. My nephew will be 11 on the 16th. My grandson will be 10 on the 26th. My daughter will be 31 on the 30th. Whew! Lots of parties. Lots of good food. Lots of cake and ice cream.
Back in 1981 I delivered my daughter after 6 months of pregnancy. She weighed exactly 3 pounds, 0 ounces. She spent 49 days in the NICU. We had to travel thirty miles one way to see her every other day because we couldn’t afford the gas to see her every day. We have photographs of her first Christmas in neonatal intensive care. The whole family took turns seeing her that day because only 2 people could go in at a time and one of them had to be mommy or daddy. She got stuffed animals from the hospital volunteers that she has to this day. A little pink elephant and a purple pig.
In 2001 we went to see the first Harry Potter movie. We got a call 2/3 of the way into the movie that my sister-in-law was in labor. It was her first child so we figured we had plenty of time to watch 40 more minutes of the movie and then leave. Um, no. By the time we left the movie, got the car and onto the freeway, the baby was here. Oops!! My nephew was born after not even 2 hours of labor. He was almost born in the car on the way to the hospital.
In 2002 we went to see Harry Potter 2. (You would think we learned our lesson by then.) My daughter called half-way through the movie and we left and got to the hospital to find out it was a false alarm. A week later our grandson finally came. (We went and saw the movie again the day after the false alarm.)
So, November is an exciting month in our family. We have lots to be thankful for this and every Thanksgiving Day.
Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance