Saturday, March 18, 2006

This Day in History

1954 was well... relatively uneventful. At least where most people reading this post are concerned. There were some pretty important scientific and political milestones. By March that year, the USS Nautilus was launched, the first mass vaccination of children against polio began, and officials announced that a successful American hydrogen bomb test had been conducted. I can see eyes glazing over already.... Okay, how about Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio getting hitched?

Those boring things aside, March 1954 was a terribly important moment in history. To be specific, March 18, 1954. I am by no means an authority on the sequence of events that day. My uncles Alan or Eric could probably give a good oral history, and perhaps even eye-witness accounts. I am, however, an excellent source for testimony regarding the long-term aftermath of the most important event of the day: the birth of Kathleen Marie Hawkins, my mom.

There is of course the obvious. Where would my sister, brother and I be without Mom? Interesting philosophical question, I guess. But assuming that our family relationships were the same, with the only difference being Mom's absence, I hesitate to even imagine the consequences of such a reality. Sasha, Nolan and I owe so much of who we are to the loving intervention of our mother. And I would argue that anyone touched by her influence over the past 52 years is better for it.

So, happy birthday, Mom! You have given us all so many wonderful gifts. Thank you. I love you.

4 comments:

Cerra Hawkins said...

I know that my life has been blessed by having you in my it, Mom. In this short time that I have known you, I have gained such a special connection to you. Thank you for all you do and have done. You are the best Nursey-Mommy ever!!! I love you.

Kathleen said...

Thank you, Dillon and Cerra, for your sentiment. I too am glad I was born :)

Ant Jamaima said...

FELIZ CUMPLEANOS!

Dillon=Secksay

sasha said...

Dillon, that was an awsome account of our wonderful mommy's birth. I wish grandma could read it. Maybe she already has? I loved it. I love my momma so much it cannot even be put into words. I'm so sad that we didn't get a chance to talk on your birthday mom. I hope you still got my call. I think about you everyday and miss you so much. I would be nothing without you!