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Five months today [20130327|09:14]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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[Image of Humuhumu in her peach onesie, smiling broadly with Granddad while standing on his lap as he sits in his wooden rocking chair, both facing the camera.]

Humuhumu is five months old today. Today, I'm reflecting on how fortunate she is to have been born to affluent, educated parents in a country with high standards of child care and education. She's fortunate to have been born to parents who were able, through the support of easily accessible family planning services, to wait until they desired and were financially and emotionally prepared to have a child. She's fortunate (probably) to have been born a dual national, able to live and work without a visa in countries with notoriously strict immigration laws. She's fortunate to have parents who will do their utmost to provide the best of everything for her and have the resources (through fortunate births of their own and reasonably good management of their life choices) to do so. She's fortunate to have four doting grandparents. She's fortunate that one of them is a granddad who will sing sea shanties to her for hours.

If only it were so for every small child in the world.
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2013-03-27 09:41 (UTC)
Humming Inspirational background music while you read that standing in front of waving flags and multimedia montage projection
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-04-02 11:17 (UTC)
Heh. Thanks for the support! :D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-04-02 11:18 (UTC)
ME TOO. I printed it out and sent it to all the family.

I made some recordings of the sea shanties but when I got home I discovered they were drowned out by the creaking of the rocking chair. I shall have to make some more in Vienna next week!
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[User Picture]From: againstathorn
2013-03-27 19:45 (UTC)
She's very fortunate! :) It's sad not every child is brought into this world with such promising opportunities.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-04-02 11:19 (UTC)
Yes, she is! As is your little one, I think. :)
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2013-03-28 06:23 (UTC)
Adorable photo, and agreed with all the counts of fortune. At the very least, letting more children be born wanted and planned for would make a huge positive difference.

Tangentially, I was reading JK Rowling's latest "The Casual Vacancy", noted the Birmingham accent referred to as "Brummie", and searched for audio examples. Cat Deeley here is referred to as Received Pronunciation/Brummie: possibly the regional mix wee Humu will adopt by the time she's grown? :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfdXtwuPjHE
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-04-02 11:45 (UTC)
Some of the nursery workers have strong Brummie accents so it's probable that she'll pick that up while she's small, at least! But more likely as she gets older she'll have a strange hybrid American/non-regional British accent.
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