A DOZEN YEARS AGO

I thought I had cancer again. Here I was, after so many false starts, happy beyond anything I could have dreamed. I’d met my soulmate, I was doing work that I loved; I was healthy and fit, my world was perfect. For the first two months I didn’t notice; I’d come to terms with the fact that I would never become pregnant, a barren woman, that was a phrase flung at me by my ex-husband.

When the third month passed and I realized the absence of my monthly visitor, I went to see old Doc Perlman. I was stoic; I’d beaten the dreaded C before. We chatted a while and then he said OK, my girl, let’s have a look at you.

His face was sombre when I’d dressed and returned to his desk. He made notes in my file, closed it and looked up at me. What are your plans for mid-July? He asked.

Oh, I’m not sure, why? I said.

His kind eyes started to twinkle. You’re going to have a baby around then …

And I drove away from his rooms in a daze. I still – to this day – haven’t gotten over the fact that the gods have been so kind to me.

This special blessing.
She’ll be 12 years old tomorrow.

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45 Comments Add yours

  1. JustMe says:

    Goosebumps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. MissChris says:

    And she is as beautiful as her mom!!
    The angels certainly blessed the right person!!
    Happy Birthday to OB for tomorrow!!!
    xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Chris 🙂

  3. Rosemary says:

    That is such a wonderful gift. She is a beautiful angel sent by God to you – a wonderful mother!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not so sure about the angel bit 😉

  4. deepercolors says:

    So she was born in July? How appropriate. 🙂 ♥

    1. theonlycin says:

      How’d you do the heart thingy dc?

      1. JustMe says:

        < 3 (without the space in between) ❤ (only shows once you submit!)

      2. JustMe says:

        Ok, so it does not work here 😦

      3. theonlycin says:

        I’ll have to find out Chantelle!

  5. Madmom says:

    And what a beautiful Blessing she is!
    Happy Birthday for tomorrow, C.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Madmom, I’ll pass it on.

  6. leigh says:

    Στη ζωή σας!

      1. leigh says:

        🙂

  7. Loreen Lee says:

    What a wonderful, wonderful story. And your little girl looks like you too. All the blessings Cindy. You have been very brave and preserving. I’m full of admiration for you. The best.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks so much Loreen.

  8. JustMe says:

    Did she ever give your shoes back???

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, I had to take them back by force *fierce look*

  9. She was a very special suprise!

    1. theonlycin says:

      She sometimes takes my breath away, but you’ve seen her at other times ;p

  10. adeeyoyo says:

    I have always felt that things happen for a reason, but we don’t always know why. This was probably the right time for you. Lovely story – thanks for sharing it. Wish your daughter happy birthday! (She looks just like her mum) 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ta adee, I’ll pass on the message 🙂

  11. Ebony&Ivory says:

    So amazing so touching! She is super special. And gorgeous of course! This gives me hope!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Don’t let go of your hope E&I!

  12. Ebony&Ivory says:

    HAppy Birtday Chelsea!

  13. Nzwaa says:

    Happy birthday Chelsea. Blessings come when we least expect… And yes, everything happens for a reason.

    1. theonlycin says:

      We often only see the reason in hindsight. Thank you Nzwaa 🙂

  14. Jem says:

    What a wonderful gift and blessing!
    Congrats to you and OB for tomorrow xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Jem, I hope you have a wonderful evening.

  15. colonialist says:

    If ever there was an example of expecting the worst and hearing the very best, this was it! Tremendously heartwarming.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m still in a state of dream-like disbelief Col 🙂

  16. Oh Cindy, how excited you must have been that day. And now to see what a wonderful young lady your Original Bunn is growing into – you must be so very proud.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Proud I am MTM 🙂

  17. halfp1nt says:

    A true blessing, Cin 🙂
    A very happy happy birthday to Original Bunn for tomorrow ❤

    1. theonlycin says:

      Many thanks Shorty!

  18. nrhatch says:

    Awesome! She looks so much like you . . .

    Happy Birthday, OB! . . . from one Cancer to another.

    Did you tell your ex-husband that you’d never been barren ~ that you just hadn’t wanted to get pregnant until you found your soulmate?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nancy, part of our divorce agreement was that I stayed on his medical insurance for ten years; so he got Doc Perlman’s bill.

  19. Tokeloshe says:

    Beautiful!

    Happy birthday to the ballerina 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tok, another scrapbooking opportunity arises 🙂

  20. Happy Birthday!!!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Baie dankie Saffie.

  21. Kavita says:

    That was beautiful! I cannot even begin to imagine the thrill you must’ve felt, and still feel 🙂
    A Very Happy Birthday to your lil angel…
    Have a lovely time with her!!!
    Best Regards…

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