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Birth Amaryllis

Birth Amaryllis
Originally uploaded by Katherine Donaldson.
The winter that Jesse and I first had our own apartment, junior year, 1996 I guess, we had an Amaryllis. (Ok, technically a Hippeastrum.) It bloomed, and since I was both lazy and curious, it went to seed. I've been hauling the diminishing set of seedlings around with me for the last 9 years... Many have been eaten or destroyed by slugs, snails and squirrels, but I've kept two in my office, in reasonably good condition, for the last 7 years. One of them is now blooming for the first time. Signs and Portents! Signs and Portents! Ok, but anyway, pretty neat.

I'm hoping that watching the flower open will encourage my cervix to get a move on things. :-) Today's technically my due date, and baby has been really active the last couple days, "Come on, where's the exit? How the heck do I get out of here!" but no signs of labor. Although I have been feeling more like cleaning recently.


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May. 18th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
Wow, I hadn't realized your due date was so soon. Good luck!

PS - Nice photo.
May. 18th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
May I have your attention, please? We have arrived at our designated due date. Please disembark the uterus in a calm, orderly fashion. Please remember to remove your cord from the overhead compartment, as it will be your arrival pass. Our arrival gate is K1. Once again we would like to thank you for growing in our womb, and hope you will grow up with us in the outside world. Please enjoy, and welcome to your newborn life!
May. 19th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
Becoming a Mother for the first time is one of the most beautiful experiences in life (I think so and I am a man). I really enjoyed this short story about the flower and I believe it is a sign of a new life coming into the world. Reading some of your other writings also leads me to believe that you will be a wonderful mother who will raise a person that will help shape this planet (we need more "good" right now). I wish you and your husband a very special day when you both hold your child for the first time. Love is the greatest thing we humans possess....

All the best!!
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