Thursday, September 3, 2009

Born to Be Wild

Born: September 3, 1962    At: “Around 10:00 P.M. En Route”  
Delivered By: “Her Father in the front seat of his truck”  
Hospital: “Hwy 101 San Luis Rey, Oceanside CA”  
Weight: 9 lbs. 4 oz.  

Happy Birthday to me, I love birthdays, and each year look forward to celebrating mine! Mixing a bit of business with pleasure, we’re heading up to the Alaska State Fair to celebrate, eat and bring more Ravens and Wind Salmon to The Bad Girls of the North booth. They’ve been rocking the sales and needed more inventory from me –oh darn!

Yes, it’s true, my Dad delivered me in the front seat of his truck, 47 years ago on Labor Day. Being their first child (and large), my Mom was a very brave woman and my Dad probably a bit frantic. Or more accurately, Dad was relieved that after the BIG event on the side of the road, once back at Camp Pendleton, his USMC buddies cleaned up his new truck while Mom & I rested at the base hospital. Being born in my Dad’s truck has turned into a bit of an urban legend in our family. A few years ago, the story was last told in fantastic, bard-like style by my Dad in what was probably the best version yet at my 40th birthday party. We had a “Princesses & Banditos”  themed party, with authentic Mexican food, Margarita’s and everyone dressed in costumes –hence, princesses and banditos. We handed out glitter, crowns and fem for the women and girls in prom-like dresses and sombreros, mustaches and fake ammo belts for the guys in tough jeans and boots. Everyone laughed and danced to Fiesta and Salsa music all night long under a huge outdoor tent –which is really funny because when you “Google Earth” our house, the party was immortalized by the satellite capturing an image of this big yellow tent on our deck! I know I’ve said thanks to my Mom & Dad every year for being brave on the side of that dark road 47 years ago, but I know they’ll read my Blog so I’ll say it again “thank you and I love you both!” Oh, and mark your calendars, only 3 more years to the big Five-Oh, PRINCESSES & BANDITOS PART DEUX!

12 comments:

Christine--RHP said...

Happy Birthday Cindy!! I'll raise a margarita glass to that!

Judy Shreve said...

What an entry! Your dad was probably freaked out! lol!
Happy Birthday!

cindy shake said...

Hi Christine and Judy- thanks for reading! Yeah, just the right stuff for making good stories even better :o)

Dolores said...

Well, a big Happy Birthday. I do hope you find time to celebrate.
;-) The big 50 is just another number.

cookingwithgas said...

What a great story! I love birth stories! Mine was a fast ride to the hospital where they tried to tell my mom I was not coming fast and she said this is number 4! I know when this baby is coming and it is now!
Anyway-
thanks to your parents!! !!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU!!

cindy shake said...

Hi Delores, thanks for the post. I totally agree -a number that is earned :o)

T.Gray said...

Happy birthday Cindy Shake!!!!!
BTW, I love Big Red, and wish I could have him installed in my yard, in front of the chicken coop and kiln shed :-)
Blessings-Tom

cindy shake said...

Hi Tom, thank you for the kind words. Big Red went to a wonderful mini-farm property in the mountains, here in Anchorage. The hillside gets extremely HIGH winds and we're always afraid we'll read about Big Red "taking flight!"

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

You're kidding! Well happy birthday, you're so wonderful :)

Cowgirl Goods said...

WOW what a great story and GREAT TRUCK! I think birthdays should be celebrated all month;) EAT CAKE!

ang said...

hey happy b'day to you, i'm back home catching up with everyone now looks like you've been full on busy...

judy coates perez said...

sorry I am late to show up at the party, I have fallen way behind on my blog reading, Happy birthday fellow virgo girl, mine was Aug 31st. Great birth story!