Remember when?

@p1kef1sh (45638)
February 26, 2009 5:47am CST
Today is my daughter's 20th birthday. 20 years ago today she came wriggling out into the world. I was almost 31, working in London, England, had been married for two and a half years and was as proud a father as there ever has been. What were you doing twenty years ago today?
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@mummymo (23707)
26 Feb 09
I hope you remembered to wish the junior boss a Happy Birthday from me. Funnily enough 20 years ago I was living and working in London too as a Nanny! MInd you I was only 2 at the time...honest! xxxxx
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
I believe you. I always believe everything that you say. No wonder Niamh is so grown up though. Clearly it is in the blood! LOL. XXXX
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@mummymo (23707)
26 Feb 09
LOL Good Boy! You are so good at being well trained! I think I am less grown up now than I was then! hee hee hee Hmmmph not too pleased at being blamed for the way Niamh is again ...everyone always blames me for what she is like! xxx
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@candymarie (1368)
• Canada
26 Feb 09
Scared of going to preschool....I was just turning 5 lol.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
Awww. That's so cute. LOL. But you went and look at you now!
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• Canada
27 Feb 09
I'M STILL SCARED OF PRESCHOOL! lol (just kidding)
• Regina, Saskatchewan
26 Feb 09
I was having a dream pregnancy just to give birth to a nightmare son! LOL Actually, my youngest is ok now, but oh what handful he was until he turned 20! LOL Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter, you proud Papa you! Let her eat cake! ROFL
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
Let her drink vodka more like! LOL. The Boss had an awful pregnancy, but p1kelet has been no trouble at all - save for her desire to consume more money that I actually have!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
26 Feb 09
I wonder vodka is as good as brandy..................LOL And that's why the Boss is the Boss! ROFL
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@nannacroc (4049)
26 Feb 09
Can't remember, nothing as beautiful as the birth of a child happened then.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
It is special isn't it Nanna?
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@nannacroc (4049)
27 Feb 09
How would I know I found all mine on the doorstep.
@pumpkinjam (6672)
• United Kingdom
26 Feb 09
20 years ago, I should imagine I was at school as I would have only been 8 years old! I don't remember much from then. However, I do remember when I was 7 because that hurricane that "definitely wasn't going to happen" happened on my 7th birthday and I'm sure Mum still sent us to school.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
She would and good for her. LOL. I can see you now with your pigtails and satchel!
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@nannacroc (4049)
26 Feb 09
I did send you to school and carried a home made cake down for you to share with the class.
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@novataylor (6570)
• United States
26 Feb 09
Wow, p1key, what memories you're causing to rise to the surface!!! I think I was just about to get married for the second time! I've told you about him, you remember, the gorgeous Syrian sculptor. Those disappearing eyes...when he smiled...black hair, pale eyes, a face to die for. Oh yeah, that's right, he was the one who loved to say "you people", and "what you wanna smoke that sheet for". He was also the one I threw out after 2 months and 14 days! Let's just say there were too many cultural differences and that I was entirely tooooo much of a truly liberated American woman for him, and he was entirely tooooo Syrian for me. Ah well, it was an experience I chalked up to experience. And five years later, I met my "real" husband, and we're coming up on our 14th anniversary. SOME things I get right.......... Happy Birthday to the daughter!!!!! Man, 20 is such an age to be! I wish her all the happiness in the world, but you know that already, don't you? I can't wait to hear about how your day went yesterday! Oh, and my back is so bad, I can't even get into the shower, so I'm gonna look horrible today, sorry. Not much I can do about it though. I've just got to wait it out, I guess. That, and take my vicodin at regular intervals. Which reminds me, I've got to do that. I'll see you later, my sweet friend.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
Such memories Nova. Your poor back. We will talk about in about 15 minutes. XXXX
• Philippines
26 Feb 09
Well I'm only 21 so I would have been in diapers then :) Happy birthday to your daughter
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
Thank you. I am sure that you were a cute baby! It doesn't seem that long ago to me. LOL.
@kbourgerie (8780)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I was in a situation much like yours. My son will be 20 on March 11, so needless to say 20 years ago to this day I was more than ready to push the little bugger out.I also was just days away from breaking up with his biological person, because I found out that he had another girl knocked up too and she also was waiting expectantly. Not my cup of tea, so I packed my things and left and I think my son and I were better off for it. So 20 years ago? I was wondering what my feet looked like.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
Did you have cravings? The Boss wanted champagne! Why she couldn't desire coal like other women I just don't know! These days I wonder what my feet look like. Trouble is, I can't push and see them again. LOL. Happy birthday to him on the 11th. Day after my Granddad's birthday - he'd have been 119 this year! I am glad that you sorted things out. What a horrible thing to discover. On the other hand, you might never have come to myLot and had a UK branch of your fan club!
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• United States
26 Feb 09
Yes, I had cravings, with this son it was Coke and M&M's, with my daughter it was fried chicken and potato salad, but with Jacob it was fish and whipped cream. Can you believe that one?
@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
Together? Whatever takes your fancy I guess. If you get pregnant again, I'll bring a take out for us! LOL.
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@sweetie1026 (1723)
• Philippines
2 Mar 09
I don't remember exactly but probably i was working on some paperworks for my boss then who is a City Councilor. I used to be a secretary to a City Councilor, 20 years ago with 2 girls because i got pregnant with my youngest at the age of 35.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
2 Mar 09
That sound very high powered Sweetie. You must have been part of the ruling class! LOL.
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• Philippines
3 Mar 09
No, my friend, i just do the paper work and research work. I don't see myself being a part of the ruling classi am much comfortable being on the background.My work now, really deals with transcribing minutes of committee hearing, meetings and making committee reports out of these journals.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Well, 20 years ago I was only 14. So it is safe to say I was probably in school or at home doing fixing supper,doing my chores and homework. Daydreaming away about boys..lol
@p1kef1sh (45638)
27 Feb 09
Maybe those boys were daydreaming about you Becky!
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Ahh. there is only hope I set a few boys hearts racing when they thought of me...
@sid556 (30997)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I was trying to get out of a very bad marriage with 3 kids. It wasn't easy as I found myself pregnant on (go figure) expired birthcontrol that I'd just purchased! Bad times and yet now when I look back what I remember most is the birth of that little surprise girl. The love that I felt despite the circumstances can't be described.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
27 Feb 09
Unless you have been a parent I guess that it is hard to describe that love Sid. How on earth can they have legally sold expired birth control pills? That's almost criminally negligent.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
27 Feb 09
20 years ago I was young and restless...and...20 years ago my daughter was 9 years old... Happy Birthday to your daughter....
@p1kef1sh (45638)
27 Feb 09
Thank you. They grow up, but they stay your "little" girl don't they?
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
27 Feb 09
yes, they do...
@littleowl (7157)
27 Feb 09
Hi p1ke, twenty years ago I was married and had a 3 and 4yr old, they are now 25 and 26 my 25yr old daughter now has a 5yr old son so will let you guess my age!! lol hugs littleowl
@p1kef1sh (45638)
27 Feb 09
You must have been a mere child yourself LoLo! I suspect that you adopted your children when they were in their twenties. You're barely older yourself! XXXX
@littleowl (7157)
27 Feb 09
I wished! You wished...lol xx
@liquorice (3901)
26 Feb 09
Happy Birthday to your daughter! I hope she had a great day. 20 years ago I was 15, and although I'm not sure what I was doing to the day, if it was a week day then I was probably at school. Some good memories and some bad, I wouldn't really like those days back. Like you say too, I'm happier being older.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
Me too Liquorice. Thank you for the good wishes. I expect that she will have had a sweet sherry or two by now! LOL.
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@liquorice (3901)
27 Feb 09
Yes, I'm sure she's all sweet-sherried out by now!
@dawnald (84071)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Feb 09
It was a Wednesday, so I was most likely at work. I was supervising a small department at a Mortgage Banking firm at the time and there were some transitions in the department and right around this time, I recall covering some things for a person who had just left. Not too exciting. Best wishes to your daughter!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
Wow. I am impressed that you can remember that far back Dawn. My BIL can remember what he was doing on certain days right back to when he was about 5 - the early 1960s. Thank you for the best wishes too.
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@dawnald (84071)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Feb 09
It was a year of change. lol
@dragon54u (31647)
• United States
26 Feb 09
20 years ago today I was 34, my youngest son had turned 4 mos old and my eldest was 16 months old. I had my hands full with two beautiful baby boys! I most likely spent the day on the floor playing with the older boy or in the rocker reading to both of them then cleaning and cooking while they napped. It was as close to paradise as I'll probably ever come before I die. Isn't it strange to think of your child as that precious little bundle and then look at her now? I always think of mine as grinning, laughing little boys with sparkling eyes and sweet kisses and hugs.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
They change, but they stay the same. I was just talking to a friend and she was saying that she still sees those little bundles even though they are in their twenties now. Of course, you don't talk to them like that....or do you? LOL.
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@dragon54u (31647)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I take great pains to treat them with the respect and dignity that is due them as adults. The only thing I do that they don't like is cry when they get on the plane to go home, 1800 miles away. I see them once a year but talk with them several times a week. I wish they could move here but there are no jobs. Oh, how I want to talk silly to them and hold them on my lap! But I would be crushed, they are so big!!
@TLChimes (4839)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I was living in a car. Would be until the early winter when my mother would give me back to my dad in New York. We were a few blocks off the beach in San Diego, so to kill time I would walk down to the beach and play in the tide pools. At not yet 14, I couldn't really work but a few folks would put me to an honest days work for an honest days pay. I'd give some to my mother and step-dad but not all or even half. I saved mine so I'd have it to get food when they had run through the rest. I was likely hang out at this really neat Greek place. I loved the smell of it. They gave me a meal free from time to time so I would help when I could... for free. I think they are the ones who taught me a lesson I still use today. You don't keep track of who does what... you just share what you can. No "I did this" or "You didn't do that" Wow, what a place you took me to. I'm not sure if it hurts a bit or if I am glad I've come so far from then. This was an interesting topic. I'm not sure if this is where you meant for me to go but it's where I ended up. Happy Birthday to your daughter.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
26 Feb 09
I didn't mean for folk to rake over memories that they'd rather forget. That must have been tough. I'm pleased that you've moved on from there now. Unfortunately there are still many that are living that way. The recession is seeing to that. Thanks for the good wishes too. Take care.
@TLChimes (4839)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I'm good... I think my past, good and bad, made me the person I am now. I learned a lot from that way of life. I know it seems odd, but it's how I look at things. A much of good came from that bad. I can stretch $10 to feed a family for three days. (in the old days I could make it stretch to cover a week) This was a good walk into the past.... no worries.
@vanities (11401)
• Davao, Philippines
4 Mar 09
twenty years ago im 26 ..i guess im pregnant with my youngest daughter and about to graduate at the same time my four year course in college..and during this time my hubby give me a graduation present (a watch) and still in good condition...
@p1kef1sh (45638)
4 Mar 09
What a lovely and so positive set of memories Vanities. They all sound like they are still going!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Well, 20 years ago I was 9 years old, so I would guess I had a pretty ordinary day in 4th grade. It probably involved a stupid spat over a spelling test and a slightly insane (read: neurotic) "gifted program" class. Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter1 And Happy Fatherhood Anniversary to you!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
3 Mar 09
Thank you. 4th grade eh? Serious years!
@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
2 Mar 09
happy birthday to your daughter pike.gosh time goes fast.my daughter will be 19 this year,hard to believe.well 20 years ago i had a life.lol.partying and having fun,going to work,going out and generally doing what we all did in our 20's and early 30's.wow how that changes when you have children.i would not change anything for the world,as soon as you have them they grow up so fast and start having their own families/cheers sue
@p1kef1sh (45638)
2 Mar 09
She's not started her own family yet. Thank Heavens. I don't think that I could stand the strain! She's still very much at the "student" stage. As Shakespeare might have said "Is this a bottle I see before me? Oh yesh...Hic!"