Saturday, 7 July 2007

Slip Sliding Away

Sunday Scribblings – “Slippery”

This week, I dedicate my Sunday Scribblings contribution to a dear friend who is waiting patiently for her baby to be born. My friend is now eight days overdue and I am really feeling for her – my first was six days over, and that was certainly long enough.

The Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is “slippery”, which prompted the memory of this little story…..

Some fifteen or so years ago, I worked with a girl whose best friend was pregnant. My co-worker even attended this girl’s birth, as her birthing partner. A couple of weeks before the birth, the mother-to-be was given a surprise baby shower by her friends. At one point during the party, the guest of honour mentioned that she would like to have music playing during her labour; to help her focus and relax. The idea prompted much discussion about the kinds of songs she might find helpful in such a situation. I believe some classical music was suggested and a few tranquil Enya songs, but then some smart arse suggested this little gem: Simon and Garfunkel’s Slip Sliding Away.

While my co-worker had re-counted this story straight faced and oblivious, I was doubled over in hysterics over this labour ward possibility and the cartoonish image that had set forth in my mind. My befuddled co-worker stared at me for about two seconds before she too saw the funny side, and before long we were both barely able to contain ourselves.

Now being a Simon and Garfunkel fan from way back, I must say, this song is fabulous, but the lyrics are of a more gloomy reflective nature, but boy…the chorus sure is fitting!

So with that my dear friend, I am praying for you, and I sincerely and dearly hope your baby comes slip sliding right on out with ease, any moment now.

Much Love XXX

I am having a go at this youtube version since all attempts to post the original have failed thus far...not sure what this has to do with anything, not really sure it even goes with the song. Enjoy it anyway.

14 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

I too am a fan of Simon and Garfunkel. Just visualing that song being played during labour made me day..err..evening!

Lacithecat said...

Oh my! That is maddness (in the best possible way)

Smile ...

Annie said...

How funny. I linked to a copy of the lyrics to Slip Sliding Away in my post this week. Hope your friend has a wonderful birth. I enjoyed your post.

strauss said...

No problem Annie, thanks for visiting :)

Tori said...

What a lovely tribute to your friend.
I am glad to have found your blog and will be back to read more!

Clare said...

Cool video! And I've always been a Simon & Garfunkel fan too -- Slip Sliding Away is perfect for playing during labor. I got a wonderful laugh out of this! Thank you and best wishes to your friend.
:)

Kathleen said...

Loved your story...and the chuckles it brought.

Rob Kistner said...

"...the nearer your destination the more its slip sliding away..."

...now ain't that just like life! :0

Patois said...

I would have had a very hard time not laughing out loud. Lovely post.

Tammy said...

Perfect song choice! :) LOL

Hope all goes well!

lisrobbe said...

That was a great story! Perfect song choice actually. Have always loved Simon and Garfunkel.

Remiman said...

Strauss,
Sometimes the comedic is the most appropriate solution, It sure was in this case.
I'll mention it from now on when I do OB epidurals. ;-)
rel

Redness said...

Only somneone who's been there knows how true this song can be - love you post! Thanks you Aussie, You ;~)

strauss said...

Thanks for the well wishes to my friend, still no word of the birth.
I am glad this post made you all smile. I appreciate all the comments.