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*ding, ding, ding*...

Postby Fede » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:23 pm

I'm sorry, could I have your attention folks?
Just for a moment....
Thanks.

Just to let you know I am the proud and stunned grandmother to a new baby grandson, who was born this aftrnoon, weighing in at a truly respectable 5 kilos-plus-a-bit....
That's a whoppin' eleven pounds, plus.... You'll be glad they opted for a caesarian in the end......

Only three pounds more, and he'd have weighed a stone.....

I dunno about my daughter, but I'm exhausted just thinking about it!!

All's well with everyone!

Thank you.
carry on!! :jumping:
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: *ding, ding, ding*...

Postby Annapurna » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:31 pm

Congratulations, Fede!

Wonderful news! :group:

Much happiness for everyone!
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Postby Ben » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:33 pm

Congratulations to the happy new parents!
Congratulations to you Fede on your new status as a grandma!
Hope to see some photos soon!
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Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:33 pm

Congratulations ! ! !

Born from the "side" just like Buddha. :tongue:
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Postby Vangelis » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:58 pm

5 kilos!!! That's a very big baby. Congratulations there grandma! :woohoo:
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Re: *ding, ding, ding*...

Postby acinteyyo » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:11 pm

Ajahn Chah wrote:Our birth and death are just one thing. You can't have one without the other. It's a little funny to see how at a death people are so tearful and sad, and at a birth how happy and delighted. It's delusion. I think if you really want to cry, then it would be better to do so when someone is born. Cry at the root, for if there were no birth, there would be no death. Can you understand this?
Pubbe cāhaṃ bhikkhave, etarahi ca dukkhañceva paññāpemi, dukkhassa ca nirodhaṃ. (M.22)
Both formerly, monks, and now, it is just suffering that I make known and the ending of suffering.
Pathabyā ekarajjena, saggassa gamanena vā sabbalokādhipaccena, sotāpattiphalaṃ varaṃ. (Dhp 178)
Sole dominion over the earth, going to heaven or lordship over all worlds: the fruit of stream-entry excels them.

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Re: *ding, ding, ding*...

Postby Guy » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:12 pm

LOL Acinteyyo, that's what I was thinking but I didn't want to dampen anyone's mood.
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1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

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Postby acinteyyo » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:57 pm

Neither do I. It's just that you can't pick up only one side of a coin.
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Pubbe cāhaṃ bhikkhave, etarahi ca dukkhañceva paññāpemi, dukkhassa ca nirodhaṃ. (M.22)
Both formerly, monks, and now, it is just suffering that I make known and the ending of suffering.
Pathabyā ekarajjena, saggassa gamanena vā sabbalokādhipaccena, sotāpattiphalaṃ varaṃ. (Dhp 178)
Sole dominion over the earth, going to heaven or lordship over all worlds: the fruit of stream-entry excels them.

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Re: *ding, ding, ding*...

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:01 pm

Congratulations!!!

I have one question though

what the hell was your daughter eating?
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: *ding, ding, ding*...

Postby Fede » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:20 pm

acinteyyo wrote:
Ajahn Chah wrote:Our birth and death are just one thing. You can't have one without the other. It's a little funny to see how at a death people are so tearful and sad, and at a birth how happy and delighted. It's delusion. I think if you really want to cry, then it would be better to do so when someone is born. Cry at the root, for if there were no birth, there would be no death. Can you understand this?


Don't worry, Guy...I realise exactly what Acinteyyo means... and I wholeheartedly agree with him.
I regularly "Take tea with Yama"....
My own dear father is becoming more and more frail, and only today, in the delicatessen-Bistro where I work, a well known client's son came in to tell us of his dying last Sunday...
Life ebbs and flows, in and out.....
As One memorable quotation I remember so chillingly - tet honestly - states:
"When you bear a child in life, what you have done is condemn them to death."

But yes, David.... Born as the Buddha was. I am confident though, that his mother will not go the same way as Maya..... I doubt she has borne a Buddha, so her time is not yet nigh (but I'm keeping tabs on her, just in case!) :smile:

Manapa: I have no idea...this much I know...my daughter has always been blessed with a hearty appetite, but more pertinently, her own father weighed in at 10lbs when he was born, I believe.... so she didn't get her 'appetite' from me! :clap:
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:24 pm

Cungratulations :smile:
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Postby bodom » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:54 pm

Congrats to you and yours Fede!

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Postby Pax » Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:49 am

How wonderful, congratulations Grandma!
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Postby retrofuturist » Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:36 am

Congratulations, Nana Fede!

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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Postby Paññāsikhara » Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:53 am

May baby, and mother, and grandmother, all be well and at peace. :heart:
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Postby Mawkish1983 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:59 am

That's great news Fédé. Congratulations :)
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Re: *ding, ding, ding*...

Postby PeterB » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:29 am

Welcome to the exclusive, Grandparents Lounge.
All the cliches are true. You love them as much as your own kids, but at the end of a tiring day you hand them back ! :clap:

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Postby Clueless Git » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:24 am

Aye, as Peter already said ...

Welcome to 'NoG', the Noble Order of Grandparents, Fede :clap:

Best wishes to your daughter and the babbies daddy too!

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Postby Stephen K » Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:34 am

Congratulations Fede! :heart:
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Re: *ding, ding, ding*...

Postby Fede » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:15 pm

Thank you all!
I am designing a new Zimmer frame.
Hot-rod wheels, a rev counter and after-burners.

Do you think it will catch on....? :thinking: :jumping:
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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