Cindy was born in February of 1966. About the same time the Sivapalan’s were awaiting nervously for their bundle to be born in June. If everything goes to plan this would be their first born. But, nothing has gone to plan so far.
Mum had a few miscarriages before me, It looked like she had passed the danger period this time. All the prayers and vows at different temples and Churches seems to be aligning and working together. But, it was still early days to open that Champagne bottle.
Finally the day arrives. Sun was shining. Well, I don’t really know if the sun was shining, this is Colombo Sri Lanka, unless it was raining, sun is always shining or more like burning. But, it sounds much better when you say, Sun was shining. Well, to tell the truth, it was probably humid, it’s always humid in Sri Lanka.
So let me start again, most likely the sun was shining and the air was filled with a musty smell, the smell that you get when it’s a hot and humid day in an overcrowded bus. Most likely there was no air conditioner, just a ceiling fan, barely moving. Well, things were worse of for Jesus, so no complains here.
Finally the star was born.
The entire family/clan was waiting for this day. Grand parents from both sides were thrilled to the core. Not sure why my paternal grandparents were excited. They already had about 34 grand kids, and about 10 great grand kids. But, I guess they were excited for mum and dad. They knew of the anguish and pain they had gone through so far. For my maternal grand parents, this was their first grand child.
Mum, was blood type RH o negative. This is usually a problem in pregnancy, if the child she conceives is of RH o positive which then causes an RH incompatibility. Usually the first pregnancy should be okay, but then in the following pregnancies things can go way wrong. These days there is Anti – D injection, which is administered after the first child is born. But in my mothers time there was no such thing. Not sure, why she miscarried in her first pregnancy, but it followed a few others. And really not sure how she managed to carry me full term ( I am RH O positive).
To my parents I was a miracle. For my dad I was the extra star that was twinkling in the sky, for my mum I was the extra spice needed for her curry, Curry?? well that doesn’t sound that poetic does it? Okay let’s say “extra spice needed for the world”.
The whole family/the clan was involved in naming this precious child. Dad asked everyone to contribute suggestions. Main request was “it had to be a small name”. Sri Lankan’s liked to name things a mile long and then shorten the name or call them by a completely different name. It would be like naming someone Edward Anthony Brown and then call them Paul. Well, that’s not even a good example. White names are not long enough. Okay my Dad’s name was Sivapalan. We love the vowels, when in doubt just add a another vowel. His friends and work colleagues called him Siva, which is fine, the first four letters of his name, But the family called him Rasam. His twin brother’s name is Ramachandran – and the family called him Nesam. Do you see a pattern here. No, there is no pattern, just random names. Hence, my dad’s decision to give me a small name. Uma is the Hindu goddess of the earth. Apparently he called out each name ” Uma, Uma darling come here”, “Shanthi can you bring me a cup of tea darling” ” Usha, Usha” etc. So there you go, that’s how I ended up with the smallest Sri Lankan name.
Eighth of June 1966 …
According google on this exact day and year a tornado kills 16 people in Kansas. Two years later on the exact day James Earl Ray was arrested for the assassination of Martin Luther King. I am looking through the rest of the statistics and information on things that happened on that day (mostly useless).
8 June 1995 -The first version of the programming language PHP is released (yep we’ve all heard of that one, probably the first and the last)
8 June 1984 – Ghostbusters (1984) is released in cinemas.
If you think the above are really useless pieces of information, well, the rest were even worse.
So, it looks like other than Moi’s great presence to this world, nothing special happened on that day.
Journey begins for mum and dad with their bundle of Joy. First time parents. She was so beautiful, she was everything and more they wished for. She was their pride, She was their joy and she was everything.
I didn’t really understand how serious this journey would be, until the time came for me to have similar fears and hopes. I went to hell and back to have my two bundles. My fears, turned to hope and finally the glimmer of hope became a reality, not once but twice for me. I don’t know why he answered my prayers and not the others. I don’t even know if it was the prayers or just was meant to be. I don’t know if there is a lesson in this. All I know is that I am great full for this journey.
(don’t quote me on the medical information as I am not a doctor, just things that I have read and heard from other doctors)
Sorry for tricking you into thinking that you were going to read about Cindy Crawford, but hey, her picture may be more attractive than mine, but my life sure is more interesting than hers. Well, minus the marriages and fame.
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