20 Years Ago Today


Or thereabouts. This was probably a day or two after the 24th but it was close. We’re all in the reading chair, which was in better shape then. 😐 The mousey who was supposed to be born in mid-May decided that she had had *enough*! Out! Now!! This presented a little problem. The plan had been that The Grandparents would be on hand to baby-sit the 2-year-old while the new mousey was being born. But we had expected to go a little closer to full term and this was early and The Grandparents were five hours away. A hastily arranged backup plan involved some particularly good neighbors kitty-corner through the backyard, Ann and her young daughter Becca (they eventually moved, alas).

Off we went to the hoosegow. The new mousey was indeed born before morning. She was 6 lbs. 2-1/2 oz. and I can remember hearing the nurses comparing her with a 9-pounder born around the same time. After 24 hours in the hoosegow, we were both bounced out. I was certainly happy about that and although the new little mousey had a lot of emphatic opinions about life, whether or not she was at the hoosegow was probably not one of them. Just now, I remembered that I walked out under my own steam, carrying the mouse! An old lady by the entrance asked if she could hold the baby but I told her Mouse was only 24 hours old and I couldn’t let go of her.

One of the most fun things was that, when we told aunt Jane (technically speaking first cousin once removed), she said, “let’s surprise Bubs and Harry and Radical Betty.” They were scheduled to return from some European boondoggle Sunday night, so on Monday morning, we trucked over to Chez Harry with the new little mousey. As long as I live, I’ll never forget Harry opening the door and asking, “girl or boy?” And then I put her in Radical Betty’s lap. Later on Radical Betty told me, “I fell in love with her immediately.”

Happy 20th, little mouse. Love, Moom.

3 Responses to “20 Years Ago Today”

  1. jane Says:

    Happy Birthday Mouse!!!

  2. Kathy Farnell Says:

    Happy Birthday, Mouse! With Love from the “Mouse in the House”

  3. Webmomster Says:

    Happy Birthday, Mouse!

    – love from all the aminals in GB