Gale`s (For reasons that will become apparent!) brief and
truncated view 18th
To Tom and Basma Gale, a daughter, Safiya (Saffie”)
,born at the QEQM Hospital, Margate, on the evening of Sunday 15th
It has been a busy and at times emotional past few
days. I was on a Eurostar train travelling to a Parliamentary Assembly
meeting in France last Thursday when it became apparent that the first daughter
due to my youngest son, Tom, and his wife, Basma, was preparing to make an
Hard to concentrate on even a matter as important as the
breakdown of democracy in the Ukraine when you are texting your wife, the
future grandmother, to try to monitor not only the issue in hand but also the
pending birth of a child.
The Eurostar return to Ashford on Friday evening was either
characteristically late or I am just unlucky with the high speed” trains that
I catch but in the interim the young couple had made a couple of overnight
visits to the QEQM with no end-product quite in sight.
I apologise to those who attended my Herne Bay surgery on
Saturday if I seemed slightly distracted,. I hope that the mountain of
paperwork that I waded through on Saturday afternoon did not result in dictated
gibberish. My visit to the Shottendane Home Christmas party was brief and I
left early from the Acol Senior Citizens` wonderful annual Christmas
bunfight. In the middle of Saturday night/Sunday morning Tom and Basma
were off to the QEQM again. I met Laura (Sandys) with Lion Father Christmas and
his elves for a tin-shake” at the Ramsgate Garden Centre and made my way home,
via the Margate lifeboat crew, to erect a Christmas tree, slog through a
couple of hundred e-mails and to then bite my nails and wait.
A Father, at the birth of his child, can be of some use and
comfort to his wife and to those around him. Grandparents, as I ought to have
learned by now, are utterly useless and can do little except sit and wait and
worry! It was a little short of 10pm, having not taken in the Strictly
Come Dancing” semi-finals or most of the Sportsman of the Year” Awards, when
we learned that the little lady had made her entrance. Mother, and
child, and father are, as they say, doing well.
I do not care for social media” and I do not, ordinarily,
bare my private soul in public but I hope that you will forgive me if I take
this opportunity to thank the NHS in general and the wonderful staff, from
ancillaries through student midwives up to consultants and everyone in between,
at the Margate maternity unit for the care, attention and genuine
affection that my family have received during the past few months and over
what seemed like a very long weekend before the baby that at times I
feared might never make it finally turned up .
The Gales` Christmas present has arrived early. May Suzy and
I and our newly-extended family wish you all a happy, a healthy and a
peaceful Christmas also.