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Birth and Re-Birth


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Linda says our Stream of Consciousness prompt for today is, birth/berth. Quite appropriate for labor day weekend! Linda’s eldest son was born in September, and he’ll be 23. My eldest son was born in September and he’ll be 32. He’s also my only son. He was born on 9/11, long before 9/11 became associated so heavily with destruction, but also rallying and all kinds of complicated mess. My son is a complicated person, less of a mess than he was, way less. In fact, he’s made me proud of him lately. His daughter was born September 10th. I’m going to see them both in September. Two more weeks! I can hardly wait to see them!

I hope I get to witness a real live birth up close and personal some day. Birth is fascinating! Maybe I’ll get to see my daughter have a baby. But not any time soon. She is 24 and still has some things to work on. (Yeah, I know we all do.) She was born in May when I was 37 years old. A bit old to have a baby, but she kept me young and wore me out sometimes, too. Being born in May, under the sign of Taurus, the bull, she is strong-willed, like my father, also born in May. I hope her strong will pays off as much as his did. I have to remember what I was like when I was 24: a complicated mess, but inching my way toward the adult world. We are late bloomers.

Sometimes I think we have little re-births throughout life, like when we have a major life change. We can be born again finding God, or finding ourselves. My retirement feels like being born again, coming back to myself who was waiting patiently all the time.

I’ve had the feeling of being born again while walking on a deer trail with my dog years ago.  It was just me and Jesse hiking at the state park. We got off the main trail (you’re not supposed to do that, so I’m not recommending it) and went down this trail overgrown with bushes and trees to the point that I had to crouch  down while I walked. It was like a tunnel. Coming out of that tunnel felt like freedom, exhilaration, being born!

John Denver, in Rocky Mountain High, sings about being born again.

“He was born in the summer in his 27th year,

coming home to a place he’d never been before.”


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Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “Birth and Re-Birth

  1. I agree that we can have incredibly life-changing experiences that feel like re-birth.

    I’ve seen two live human births and they were both amazing. I hope you get to witness one, as I feel each one is a miracle 🙂
    My husband saw the doctor extract our babies, but I suspect it’s not the same thing. Personally, I’m glad I didn’t see it or feel it.

    We have a friend whose birthday is also 9/11. She’s taken to celebrating her birthday on the Saturday following. :/

  2. What wonderful songs John Denver sang! … My grand-daughter was born on 9/11 … not in 2001, though. … I’ve only seen puppies being born, several different times. 🙂

    • Never been another one like Rocky Mountain High. I did see puppies being born when I was about 12 years old. It made an impression. Happy birthday to your grand daughter!

  3. I liked the image of you coming through that tunnel of trees as rebirth.

  4. Nice! Happy early birthdays to your son and granddaughter.

  5. I always enjoy your SOSs, JoAnna. My life has been all about Births,Life, Death, Transformation and Rebirths both professionally and personally. I have been blessed to witness 11 births and many more deaths. It is amazing how similar the energy is in each. Even though one seems joyful and the other sad, they are both extremely heart opening, and life changing.
    Peace to you

  6. I always liked John Denver, and the notion of “coming home to a place he’d never been…” was extremely thought-provoking when I first heard it. I hope you enjoy your upcoming visit.

  7. Here’s to births and rebirth on this Labor Day weekend. Loved learning a little more about you, JoAnna 😁 Hope your holiday weekend is full of wonderful things and bet you can’t wait for your visit!! 💜

  8. I totally agree with having a rebirth during a major life change. I know it was happening last year, I just didn’t know I would have more than one

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  10. Loved this JoAnna.. So meaningful right now.. And I agree about the mini rebirths. I have gone through many.. Loved your insights my friend ❤

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