The Unexplained Umbilical Cord

It was 1975 and my second daughter, yet to be born was firmly attached to the umbilical cord while mother anxiously walked the floor.  Two weeks overdue, is not a nice place to be, and any mother who has experienced this will tell you the same!

Yes, 1975 and the unsung heros,  Bachman -Turner Overdrive were belting out their single, then top of the hit parade; “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” 

Was this an omen?

John Lennon was singing “Stand by me.”every other day, which was a gentle song with a calming vibe….. I needed calm right then; but it wasn’t understanding me, NO, I had to have, you ain’t seen nothing yet!  Radio off!!

Older- but still laughing at me!

Older- but still laughing at me!

It was 1975 and we lived a unique lifestyle, oblivious to and mostly unaware of what the rest of the universe was up to.  Our Utopia, South Africa.

Our Utopia, which was still very undeveloped, with urban undercurrents that you chose not to let worry you.  To be perfectly honest, everyone seemed to have the uncanny knack of understanding, but also hoping there would be a saving u-turn up ahead.


But back to 1975.  That was the year the crying started.  That was the year that Nazereth sang, “Love Hurts”, and it did and still does!  My beautiful daughter made herself heard morning, noon and night. (and still does!)  Maybe this is why, “You aint seen nothing yet” was top of the hit parade that year!

That was the year South Africa got TV!


We have both since left our beautiful country; it is important to have wings to enable yourself to see how others live and improve on your own lifestyle. 

It is just as important to have roots. 


Do roots hurt when you pull a tree from the earth after 50 years? 

Mine do.

Back in 1975, our lives were not unusual, just idealic, great!  My daughter grew up and walked into life to the background music of “Seasons in the Sun” by Terry Jacks.  She saw the world as she spread her wings, developed and blossomed.

Now we both have the unexplained umbilical cord that draws us back to remember South Africa. 

Our roots?

For the “U” entry in Jenny’s Alphabe Thursday.


About liz2you

Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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8 Responses to The Unexplained Umbilical Cord

  1. Tammy says:

    Nice one x

  2. liz2you says:

    Hi Tam,
    Thanks for commenting. I am always happy when my message gets through to someone. Hopefully in years to come, this memory won’t be lost!

  3. joanfrankham says:

    Even for those of us not born in Africa, the tug is still there.

  4. Colline says:

    There is always something that tugs us back to the past and where we grew up. The past is a part of what has made us who we are and it is something I would like never to forget.

  5. 2 weeks overdue is unimaginable!

    I think it is only natural to be drawn back to where you started…

    Thanks for linking to the letter “U”!


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