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Where were you born? Any interesting stories connected with your birth?

I just think it would be fun to hear the answers, particularly given our international community. I was born at Kaiser Hospital, on Sunset Boulevard, in Hollywood, California. A famous street in a famous place. The reason it was Kaiser is that my dad was a Los Angeles schoolteacher, and all the Los Angeles city employees had Kaiser Healthplan medical benefits.

If you like, you can say when you were born, and what things were like back then, although here in the States some think it's rude to ask a woman her age.

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    Jun 27 2013: I was born in 1961, on the beginning day of the great bengali festivity of Durgapuja. I was born in home through a trained midwife at a place named Garbeta in West Bengal, India. I am not sure what festivity my birth brought in the family, as my father was just joining civil services in Calcutta giving up his job as a teacher while my mother was taking vacation from her studies to help my coming to this world. India, a young nation (14 years into independence) was having romantic misadventure under Nehru and less than under one year from my birth she would see herself engaged in Sino-Indian war learning a bitter lesson.
    On account of a mistake my umbilical cord was clamped in such way as to trap some air within, which would later appear as a pump horn making squeaky noise each time my mom would massage it. To my young mother's misery and fun of other family members this episode continued for several months until a good neighborhood doctor would release me and my mother of the post natal indignation.
    "I think your son is a communist," the doctor would say jokingly. In the early sixties Communist Party of India would ultimately break into two giving birth to Communist Party of India (Marxist) just after Sino-Indian war. They were the most noisy people around then just like my squeaky navel.
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      Jun 27 2013: What a wonderful story!
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      Jun 27 2013: Hey squeaky.....nice story:>)

      I was born the youngest of 8 children, and I was born 9 years after the other 7. My mom was 43, and thinking that she was beyond childbearing age.....HA....tricked her! My father came home from the war (WWII), and here I am:>)

      My mom was in the garden when she went into labor for me......we went to the hospital.....did our thing.....and went back home to the garden. I like to say I was born in the garden, and I've had gardens ever since:>)
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        Jun 27 2013: When it comes to the numerical aspect - I was born first of the ninth son and the ninth daughter :D Kind of interesting and fun to tell.

        Unfortunately, I was born at a hospital, not a garden, bet hey...define a garden! But most of us are born at hospitals nowadays. More stories to tell here :)

        Best wishes.
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          Jun 28 2013: Wow! That would make possible nine-a-side football match between your siblings then! :)
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          Jun 30 2013: Interesting numerical aspect Anna!

          Define a garden......how about earth? So, maybe you WERE born in a garden:>)
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        Jun 28 2013: @ Colleen : :) Thank you. Happy to share my birth secret with you. So, you must be singing 'where have all the flowers gone', I suppose? Loved your garden pics, btw.
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          Jun 28 2013: My grandparents were maybe trying to produce teams! 12 on one side, 14 on the other- Not all of them survived though, child mortality rate was high.
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          Jun 30 2013: Dear Pabitra,
          Lately, all the flowers are under water!!! We have had SO much rain. The flowers are doing ok, veggies not so good! This too will pass....glad you like the gardens my friend:>)
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        Jun 30 2013: I like the garden also because a person whom I admire and adore plays in it. :) Take care my friend. Recently a friend of mine from Arizona inquired if I could lend a rain cloud from Bengal there. Should I advice her to contact you?
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          Jun 30 2013: Thank you Pabitra. You are my very best chimp friend:>)

          Yes....please......have her contact me because we have an abundance of rain clouds. I will do my very best to blow them in her direction! LOL:>)
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          Jun 30 2013: @Sean.

          Thanks.
          Life is hard, the world is a complicated place. I hope you're doing well. Ask questions if you need directions, help, perspective or links.
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          Jun 30 2013: Life is full of challenges and quests.

          It shouldn't be about who's a brother, who's a sister, who's a mother, who's a father.

          Live locally, think globally.

          Best wishes to everybody.
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        Jun 30 2013: Thanks, Colleen!

        "Interesting numerical aspect Anna!

        Define a garden......how about earth? So, maybe you WERE born in a garden:>)"

        I was born at a hospital, 2 weeks after the so-called 'term', born too slow. My mother was in labour for days, but she managed it. My father was away. After having me my mom was sent home to the village where we lived, she lived above a village school that only had one classroom. She didn't have electricity or heating, just me, herself and the fact that my dad will come back. When he did (he travelled a lot, working), he came with oranges and gifts, almost like a santa claus. We didn't always have oranges then, it was a difficult time.

        As I said, a lot more stories to tell.
        Best wishes.
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          Jun 30 2013: I know perfectly what's a childhood with so much troubles and shortages or material deficiencies. My childhood went on a country only 12 years after a hard and cruel civil war. I'd like to express you all my respect and my best consideration.
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        Jun 30 2013: Colleen: Your story is also very nice and you told it us with a very nice sense of humour ;-) Thanks!
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          Jun 30 2013: Sean Brother.
          A childhood lived in abundance and without challenges makes a banal story. I would say that you have been enriched with life's drama in ways many haven't. I wish you peace and joy.

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