Saturday, 28 February 2015

27th February

27th February 2015. A Friday, which automatically makes it better than the preceding four days. One day before the end of the month, four days after pay day, not quite winter, not quite spring. A something and nothing sort of date. 

When I was young, there were only a handful of special days each year; Christmas and my birthday stood proud at the top of the list, with the months in between punctuated by other family birthdays. Holidays were special, but never on the same days and never certain. Bonfire night had its own rhyme to help us - remember, remember the 5th of November, but the dates for Easter, and for Mothers' day and Fathers' day danced around each year, so you could never be sure when they'd fall. 

As I got older, friends' birthdays were circled on the calendar and each time I started a new relationship, the date became significant for a while. Eventually there was a wedding date and then each year its anniversary, a husband's birthday, then all his family's, and in no time at all, four special days for the children. 

As they grew up, it seemed like the calendar was always full; birthday parties, dancing lessons, football matches, school terms starting and ending. Then when I met Philip there came a whole new set of dates to remember, a walk in the snow, a wedding in the sun, the day we came to Shoreham and the day we left. The day, just eight weeks ago, that we came back again.

As our lives have unfolded, the dates have kept coming, people have got older, grandchildren have arrived, but amongst all those dates, all those circles on the calendar, the reminders, the anniversaries, the significant events, February 27th has never been a special day. 

Until yesterday. 


Annie Elizabeth Longworth. A daughter for my handsome son Ged and his lovely partner Natalie, a baby sister to Oliver, a new granddaughter for me. February 27th will never be a something and nothing date again.

10 comments:

Delores said...

Congratulations on another special date for your calendar. What a little sweetie. New Dad looks appropriately awestruck.

Elephant's Child said...

Awww. A beautiful photo to add special magic to the day.

Meryl Baer said...

Congratulations! A beautiful family.

Hillary said...

Sharon, congratulations! What a beautiful reason to remember a day forever.

materfamilias said...

We were waiting for my son's firstborn to arrive last week (my DIL was especially impatient, as baby was due Feb 23rd). We're now waiting for a March baby, but so happy for you, for your son and his wife, and for the whole family. Congratulations to all, and welcome, wee one, to the big world!

Bill Dameron said...

Congratulations Sharon and Philip! Such lucky children and grandchildren and such lucky grandparents.

Remuda said...

Ahh, that was a good one. That was particularly poignant because for the first time in my life my calendar is filling up with actual dates that I am trying to remember. I probably should have started earlier, but I was busy doing other, more egocentric, things. And congratulations on rebecoming a grandmother. A particularly lovely one you are, too. Dan x

the plant gardener said...

happy birth day~ blessings to you and your family

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! :D That was such a sweet post.

Rambler said...

Awww Congratulations on the birth of your new little granddaughter. Is she the first girl? I can tell you now that, much as you love your grandson, this little girl will be very, very special. Little girls are so much more than little boys - more coy, more knowing, more flirty even from a very young age, more able to wrap you around her little finger - and more able to charm everyone she meets, especially Daddy!