The Day My Mother Told Me I Almost Wasn’t Born

Mother’s Day 2021

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers here in the U.S. and, of course, around the world! This is the first Mother’s Day in which my own mother is not here. Next month will mark one year since her passing. I wanted to repost this story I wrote for my blog several years ago. It put life in perspective for me – then as now.

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“I almost lost you before you were born – twice.” How do you respond to something like that from your own mother?  Especially when you’re only 9 or 10 years old?  I don’t recall what started the conversation.  My parents never held back when it came to subjects like babies and sex. I don’t know what brought us into that discussion, but my parents were incredibly forthright about such things. They figured I should find out from them, rather than from kids at school, television, or anywhere else. I certainly wouldn’t learn the truth about babies and sex from the Catholic parochial school I attended in the 1970s. Deep down inside the Catholic hierarchy knows that sex is pretty much how humans have reproduced for millennia, but openly hates it.

Once, when I was about 10 or 11, I asked my parents what happened in X-rated movies, and they told…

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Retro Quote – Jalal al-Din Rumi

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”

Jalal al-Din Rumi

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Word of the Week – May 1, 2021

Irrefragable

Adjective

Latin, 16th century

Not able to be refuted or disproved; indisputable.

Example: It’s irrefragable that conservative trickle-down economics is not economically productive.

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Tweet of the Week – May 1, 2021

Rep. Liz Cheney

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Funniest Image of the Week – May 1, 2021

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared to doze off during President Biden’s State of the Union address Wednesday evening; prompting him later to tell FOX News, “Joe is deliberately being boring, but the substance of what he’s saying is radical.”

I know the feeling, Ted.  I used to get sleepy during long meetings at work.  It happens, and I feel your “pain”.  Now stop playing the victim and get your fat ass to work!  The nation is still in crisis!

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Photo of the Week – May 1, 2021

President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address to Congress is notable for a historic first in the U.S.: Vice-President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stood behind him.  There’s an old saying – behind every great man is a woman.  In this case, I guess it’s two women!  Although I can’t say if Biden is a great man – yet.  Regardless, I look forward to the day when an image like this is no major news event.

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Best Response to a Stupid Question – May 1, 2021

“I’m sorry, I have to compose myself.  There’s not a vaccine with a tracking device embedded in it that I know of … exists in the world. Period.”

Dr. Clayton Chau, in response to Rep. Don Wagner asking if the COVID-19 vaccine has embedded tracking devices

Chau is director of the Orange County, California health care agency.

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Most Brutally Realistic Quote of the Week – May 1, 2021

The person formerly known as “Bruce” Jenner

“As the home to Hollywood, California has been comfortable electing movie stars since well before Trump came along, of course. Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger both served as the state’s governor. Other stars like Sonny Bono and Clint Eastwood also have held public office. But even given that history, Jenner’s bid may strike many as the ultimate example of celebrity entitlement, a vanity project that uses the political spotlight to stay relevant — or at least, in the news.”

Neil J. Young, about reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner announcing her bid for governor of California, in an essay in The Week

Young added, “Caitlyn Jenner has no chance.”  California conservatives have launched a movement to recall Gov. Gavin Newsome.

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Worst Quotes of the Week – May 1, 2021

“You know who else liked universal day care.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), responding to President Biden’s child-care proposal and referencing a 1974 New York Times story about the prevalence of affordable child care in the former Soviet Union

“[The new administration] wants to jack up taxes in order to nudge families toward the kinds of jobs Democrats want them to have, in the kinds of industries Democrats want to exist, with the kinds of cars Democrats want them to drive, using the kinds of child-care arrangements that Democrats want them to pursue.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), regarding President Biden’s USD 1.8 trillion proposal that includes expansion of investments into childcare and education

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Best Quotes of the Week – May 1, 2021

“Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President…no president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time.”

President Joe Biden, at the start of his state of the union address

“No, I don’t think America is a racist country, but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country.”

Vice President Kamala Harris, on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, in response to Sen. Tim Scott’s assertion that America is not a racist country

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