Helen Palmer (nice_cup_of_tea) wrote,
Helen Palmer
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The parable of the stripy south american dungarees

Sometimes in life, other people's confidence in us, more than makes up for our uncertainty about our future. I bring you the tale of the stripy south american dungarees, or "Gerry was right!"

These gorgeous stripy marvels were sent to us just before Markus was born, by my Aunt Sharon. Gerry and Sharon featured often on this blog and read it regularly. Gerry was my Uncle and Godfather and was someone who was very good at listening. He knew that we were trying for a family. And at his memorial service, I talked to Sharon about our IVF adventure that would be starting when I got back to Switzerland.

The letter that was enclosed with the dungarees told the following story:
"Believe it or not, Gerry and I bought this outfit more than 2 years ago (on their South America travels in a camper van), thinking that one of these years you would be having your first child."

I learnt two things on reading that letter.
1. Be careful what you read when a bit hormonal in the first week after giving birth. The letter is smudged with my tears and in fact mr.ncot had to rescue it from me as I sobbed
2. What a wonderful gift - to know that my beloved Uncle could still reach me after his death - and to know what confidence they both had on our behalf

And this is why "Little Gerry" (as Sharon calls Markus) finally got to wear and model his outfit today...

Markus shows he likes stripes too, but wasn't too happy when finally "strapped in" to the dungarees!
Tags: happy, mgm, stripy, thymeoff
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