On This Day

Sixty-one years ago today a 32-year-old immigrant from Holland gave birth to a baby girl – her 4th child.

Mom & Dad

It was almost a tragic day, for the child was strangled during birth by the umbilical cord. There were several frantic, tense moments before the blue-skinned baby finally took her first breath.

They called her Joanne Ruby.

My thoughts are with that young woman today, as they are every year on this day. Β I’ve long believed that somehow we got it wrong and the mother should be the true celebrant of their child’s birthday. Β Even though she has been gone many years now, my thoughts still turn toΒ her.

Mom2

Her name was Johanna Henrietta and on this day, 61 years ago, she was in her prime with her life wide open before her.

Just as she was once young, grew old, and passed on, so will it be for her children, their children, and those still to come.

To her on this day I say, congratulations on a life well-lived and thank you for giving me mine.

 

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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96 Responses to On This Day

  1. Jeanne says:

    Such a lovely tribute to your mom…when I saw her photo, I recognized you. Happy Belated Birthday. Here’s to Living a Full Life.

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  2. TechEbook says:

    Thank you πŸ™‚

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  3. Computer says:

    Thank you πŸ™‚

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  4. Mama Cormier says:

    Happy belated birthday Joanne. Wonderful tribute to your mother.

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  5. Debbie H says:

    What a lovely post Joanne! I also agree with you that the mother should be the one celebrated on their chldren’s birthdays. I hope you had a great birthday πŸ™‚

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  6. What a beautiful tribute to your mother! What a scary moment that must have been for her. My umbilical cord pressed against my mother during labor and my heartbeat dropped low enough that they went out to tell my dad. They said he turned as white as a ghost. I’m sure those moments after your birth were tense and I’m sure they were overjoyed at your first breath!
    I hope that you had a wonderful birthday!! πŸ™‚

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I had a wonderful birthday weekend, thank you.

      These stories about our own births -not to mention the births of our children -remind me of how life is both fragile and resilient. All the more reason to embrace it with enthusiasm πŸ™‚

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  7. Wow.

    First of all, that is all kinds of touching and thoughtful. Loved reading it.

    Second, what an awesome picture on the front steps. I’m guessing every time you glance at that image you get different memories pouring into your mind. I don’t even know them, and that one simple photo captures so many things about them. I love it. They look so happy with what they’ve accomplished. And they probably should be!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Thank you … they were both very special people to our family and they are sadly missed. I’m glad that some of that essence is obvious from the photo to someone who never knew them ❀

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  8. Beautiful touching tribute to your mom. Great idea to celebrate the mother on the day of birth. And a very happy birthday to you Joanne.
    Peta

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  9. You make and excellent point! Happy Birthday! I turned 64 today – celebrating along with you!

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  10. reocochran says:

    Happy Birthday weekend and year!
    May it be joyful and healthy as you hike, bike and live your year fully.
    I am four months ahead of you but will turn a year older in 2017.
    This was such a beautiful way to express appreciation for your life, Joanne. You were named after her! (Mrs. Johanna . . .) How wonderful it is to have this extra tie. ❀
    Your birth story was a scary, nearly life changing event!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I plan to squeeze as much out of this life as I can! It is too precious to waste πŸ™‚

      I discovered some time ago that Johanna was my materal great-grandmother’s name. There was a time in my life when I thought naming a baby after a family member was old-fashioned and unnecessarily anachronistic.
      As I got older, I began to appreciate how it creates and re-enforces familial ties.

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  11. Mrs. P says:

    Best birthday post, ever!

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  12. LB says:

    Joanne, truly, what a lovely post this is. The photos are a treasure and add so much to thiss story. Happy Birthday!

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  13. Helen Bushe says:

    What a moving tribute to the birthday gal!

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  14. Happy Birthday, Joanne! I am pretty sure my Mom celebrated being my Mom on every one of my birthdays… she loved my birthdays!

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  15. Susanne says:

    Happy birthday! All birthdays should be dual celebrations, I agree! It takes a lifetime to understand our parents and acknowledge our indebtedness – in so many ways. Lovely tribute!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Thank you , Susanne. In the end, I wonder if we ever really do understand our parents.
      In the years since they’ve both been gone, I feel like I wasted so much of our time together.

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      • Susanne says:

        I know how you feel. So many questions unanswered. I just read a wonderful memoir by Judy Fong-Bates about her parents called “The year of finding memory” in which she goes searching for more information about her parents who immigrated to Canada from China. I highly recommend it.

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  16. mickscogs says:

    Happy Birthday Joanne. My birthday is in March too, but it is a pleasure in the southern hemisphere.

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  17. Beautifully written Joanne. Happy birthday to you and respectful wishes to your beautiful Mum that she is resting in peace. I always enjoy your posts but this one is a diamond in your blogging treasure chest.

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  18. This is so touching, and poignant! Happy Birthday Joanne!

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  19. DailyMusings says:

    what a beautiful post Joanne and a very happy birthday to you!

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  20. Heyjude says:

    Hippy bird-day to you Joanne and happy birth day to your mom. You look so like her, with the exception of your mouth, which is your dad’s. You are right of course, we should celebrate our mothers on this day. I too gave birth to a baby who managed to wrap the cord around his neck and came out a funny purple colour. All ended well though, thank goodness. I’d raise a glass of champagne to you, except it is bedtime here πŸ˜‰

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  21. The love you feel for your Mom shines through every line you wrote.

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  22. Donna says:

    This is such a beautiful and thoughtful post, Joanne! Happy Birthday!!

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  23. nrhatch says:

    Happy Birthday . . . Baby Blue!

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  24. Dan Antion says:

    Happy birthday Joanne !!!

    It’s always humbling to think back on the numerous things our parents endured. I’m glad you made ti πŸ™‚

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  25. JT Twissel says:

    Happy Birthday!

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  26. Absolutely beautiful, wishing you a very very Happy Birthday xx

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  27. Lynn says:

    Oh my gosh Joanne, what a beautiful tribute to your Mom. Wishing you a wonderful birthday my friendβ€πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚

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  28. loisajay says:

    Beautiful post, Joanne. Happy Birthday to you and happy birth day to your mom.

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  29. This is beautiful. πŸ™‚ Cin cin and lifelong celebrations!

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  30. bikerchick57 says:

    Happy birthday to both Joanne and Johanna! Tears of happiness for you because you experienced the love of a wonderful mother.

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  31. trentpmcd says:

    Happy giving birth day to Johanna Henriett! And, of course, happy birthday to you! You are right, that is one day that we -have- to think about our mothers and all they have done for us πŸ™‚

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  32. Where did I put my tissues? What a beautiful post, Joanne, full of grace and a wonderful tribute to your mom. It touched my heart. And Happy Birthday ❀

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  33. joey says:

    Aw, yes, what a lovely tribute. Happy Birthday to you! πŸ˜€

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  34. Su Leslie says:

    Happy Birthday Joanne. I’m a wee bit teary — as I always get when someone acknowledges their mother on a birthday. She looks like an amazing woman.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Thank you Su <3.

      You've probably experienced the same feeling while digging through family history … that these are lives lived in the past, yet we tend to forget they were young, vibrant full of hopes and dreams like us. That was the sentiment I was trying to express.

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  35. Purpleanais says:

    What a lovely, lovely post! πŸ’œ

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  36. Lovely post. I miss my mother every day, but, like you, maybe a bit more on my birthday and on her’s. I assume that is your father in the picture? If so, you have his smile.

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  37. Melissa Dinsmore says:

    Happy Birthday Joanne…what an awesome post!

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  38. a tiny bit teary-eyed this end of the internet
    ❀

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  39. Joe says:

    What a beautiful post Joanne and happy birthday πŸ˜€ Another year older and another year wizer or in my case just older. I’m living proof that you should never let your mother brush your hair when she’s mad at your father πŸ˜ͺ

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  40. Lovely post, Joanne.

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  41. Joanne Sisco says:

    Thanks Phil. I remember my mom saying to me once many years ago that she looked at her life and her grown children and thought ‘wow, I did something right’ ❀

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  42. Happy birthday, Joanne, and what a lovely tribute to your mom! March is a good month for birthdays. πŸ™‚

    janet

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  43. Happy Birthday Joanne! Not many would give such an awesome tribute to
    Their mothers on their birthdays.

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  44. Mary Lou says:

    Ahhh! Happy Birthday! This makes the title of your blog even more meaningful! May you continue to live your life fully, Joanne! πŸ™‚

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  45. lorigreer says:

    This was so touching. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your Mother.

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  46. Relax... says:

    Amen. Shoot, that made me cry (for all of us who’ve lost Mom). Happy Joanne Day.. to both of you. πŸ™‚

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  47. Phil R says:

    Great post, Joanne. Many happy returns and well done mum! πŸ™‚

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