Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dating My Birth

In October of 1960,  husband and wife Bill and Jacqueline White were given a gift by Bill's sister Margie: A romantic weekend getaway on Cape Cod. Apparently, they had a wonderful time, because around 9 months later, on July 15, 1961, they had a bouncing baby boy, Me, Bill Jr.

At least that's the way my mother tells the story of my conception. Mercifully, she never went into detail about just how "romantic" the weekend got. I figure though, I must be proof that they had a pretty good time.

My parents already had 2 girls, and they were delighted to have a boy at last. Even if that boy was me. My Father was especially delighted to have a son. Finally, someone to share his passion for athletics with! Later, when he realized the White family sports fan gene was absent in my DNA, he was a pretty good sport about it. He did spark my interest in cartooning though, and used to spend time drawing characters with me. 

As delighted as my parents were to have me, I could never help but take note of the fact that they had no more children after me. I would like to think that this was an economic decision on their part. Sometimes though, I wonder if the experience of pushing my plus-size cranium out her birth canal colored my Mother's decision.

So yes, today I celebrate 48 years on this planet. Thanks to Mum & Dad (and Aunt Margie!) for making it all happen.

Hey, what are you sitting around reading this for? Get out and buy me a present!


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8 Comments:

Blogger Black Canary said...

I believe your parents knew they broke the mold when they had you! You are certainly one of a kind!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many more!

July 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger P.L. Frederick said...

48, huh? They're so cute at that age. Happy birfday, Mr. Bill!

July 15, 2009 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger eeTeeD said...

congratulations on your natal anniversary.

we are closer in age than i suspected.

July 15, 2009 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Bruce B said...

As for Sesame Street (yeah, I know, an old post, but I couldn't find it)... did you know Cookie Monster's original name?

http://www.nationalpost.com/muppets/index.html

Meanwhile, happy birthday!

July 16, 2009 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger eeTeeD said...

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July 17, 2009 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger eeTeeD said...

odd that they didn't include ralph the dog in that image.

though he predates sesame street, he has made appearances on the show.

July 17, 2009 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger Bill White said...

Fascinating about Cookie, but let's remember people, this post is all about me!

BTW, thanks for the good wishes, all!

July 17, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Lisa Kelleher said...

Happy Birthday,Bill! May all your dreams come true this year, and may it be your best year EVER!

July 17, 2009 at 5:04 PM  

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