22 Years Ago While Watching ER…

I will always remember this. It was Thursday August 17th, 1995, we were watching ER and at the end of the episode I turned around and told Peter, I think I am having contractions? I had literally started my maternity leave a week before my due date in order to organize myself. Sarah had other plans, she was a week early!

We drove to the Grace Hospital in Ottawa and it turns out I was right. Approximately 15 hours later, Thing 1 was born. She was beautiful! I am biased but I will also remember that all the nurses kept on saying so and when our pediatrician came to see Sarah in the nursery he said to me, “She’s healthy, and she is beautiful!”

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3 weeks old.

Well, for the last 22 years this baby, child, young woman, has made her parents very proud. From the many academic and sport awards you have earned over the years to becoming a smart, beautiful inside and out level headed young adult who doesn’t take things for granted, we have always and will always be proud parents.


As expats parents who cannot see their children everyday, not a day goes by when Peter and I don’t think about our Thing 1 and Thing 2. One of the first question I get every day when Daddy gets home is, “did the kids call today? Any news from the kids?” As most of you know, we never hear much from Thing 2, (hint, hint, nudge, nudge. Still LOVE YOU Buddy!), but at least with Thing 1, we message almost daily and when she doesn’t message for two days straight I think something is wrong. Most of the time everything is fine, it’s just her Mama and Daddy going into withdrawals…

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Last time we were together on your birthday, Nice 2013! 

Dear Sarah, today is your birthday and again we are not together. You have no idea how much Daddy and I wish we were together to celebrate your birthday. This has been going on for many years now and you would think it would get easier with every year that goes by but it doesn’t! We MISS YOU VERY MUCH, NOUS T’AIMONS BEAUCOUP, BEAUCOUP and we can’t wait to see you.


2 thoughts on “22 Years Ago While Watching ER…”

  1. I agree with you, but do you really think there’s a doctor out there who’s brave enough to say to a women who just gave birth: “She’s healthy and by the way that’s the ugliest baby I ever saw?”
    She sure is a beautiful young woman. And we love her all the way up north.

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