Sunday, 2 September 2012

Storytelling Sunday.............''Hello'' or how to be famous for 15 seconds.

Good morrow everyone and welcome to September's edition of Storytelling Sunday hosted by the amazing Sian from High in the Sky. Please do join in with us today and hop over to as many blogposts as you can. It'll definately be worth your while.

So today's story is actually inspired by a tweet from Shimelle Laine from a couple of weeks ago. As some of you will be aware this International woman of awesomeness recently spent 2 weeks working hard as a volunteer at the 2012 Olympics and she was lucky enough to take part in the closing ceremony. Well this is the tweet she sent out...............

''If I could choose any pose to appear in OK magazine, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be this one''

 Shimelle is on the far right in blue with the butterflies in her hair 
behind the cyclists carrying the Pet Shop Boys.

So This made me remember the day I became famous for 15 seconds. I was working on a Special Care Baby Unit at the time and was on night duty. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone call from my friend PJ. The conversation went something like this:

PJ: Hi Jo how are you?
Me: I'm good thanx, on night duty at the moment.
PJ: So you haven't seen your picture then?
ME: What picture? 
PJ: The one in ''Hello'' magazine?
Me: Huh?............................ remember I was on nights.
PJ: You're holding a baby.
Me: What baby?
PJ: Well, it's about a christening and you're holding one of the babies.

Ok penny drops and I suddenly realise what she's talking about. We had recently been caring for quintuplets, that's five babies in one pregnancy, and we on the ward had been invited to the christening. During the celebrations of these miraculous babies, there was a rather professional photographer running around and four of us from the ward along with the mum had had our photograph taken holding a baby each. So off I go to buy the magazine and yes there I am in my pink Laura Ashley dress and jacket holding one of the babies. 

 yep there I am all 23 years old and smiley in my dress...............

 and here is the big photo of us all with mum in the middle............

 here are the babies looking very cutish...........

Here's Margaret Thatcher she was Prime Minister...............

 and yes there we are between Victoria Principal and Kylie.................I know Kylie wow!!!

It was so exciting to have my picture in the magazine along with other ''real'' celebrities. Those quintuplets are now in their twenties and have been featured in other magazine articles over the years. As part of this story, I became intrigued as to what might have happened to my former charges and googled them. Imagine my excitement to find pictures of them now looking amazing and achieving incredible things. I am sooooooo pleased and thankful for the joy of social networking and being able to speak directly to at least one of them on Twitter/Facebook.  I have been having chats Thomas who has been telling all about his exploits. He has several health problems but has not let that prevent him enjoying a full life and spending time working hard to raise money for others. He runs several events raising money for Scope which is a charity specifically for individuals with cerebral palsy, which is a condition which effects many ex-premature babies I have cared for. Anyway, he very kindly allowed me to use a photo of the guys as they are now.............

Thomas is in the back row on the right wearing the blue t-shirt, Daniel is in the middle, Matt on the far right, and front row are Rebecca and Louise. Aren't they handsome/beautiful.

So that's my story for this Sunday. It has allowed me the opportunity to tell you a fabulous tale with an even more fabulous ending don't you think? Please go and visit the other bloggers taking part and enjoy your day.


  1. Jo! What a sensational story this month - I love it and I love that you have the photo of them now!

  2. fabulous that you found them again - love that the internet can do this

  3. What a lovely, lovely story this is! It's got a bit of everything in it and it's going to stay with me for a long time. I love it. And you know? I used to sit in the Library Canteen at lunchtimes reading Hello magazine..I bet I saw your picture all those years ago..nice thought!

    Thanks Jo for sharing your moment of fame today

  4. Such a lovely story Jo and as you so rightly say a wonderful happy ending x

  5. So pleased you posted this today. I hadn't seen Shimelle's photo from the Olympics, nor yours. It's a wonderful story of how you got to be in the magazine and I am glad you were able to find out about the quintuplets as they are today, all grown up! More than 15 minutes of fame Jo.

  6. What a fab event to be involved in and a great 5 mins of fame!

  7. such a beautiful lovely to be back in contact after all these years too.

  8. Oh Jo, this is a great story! Not least because you have made contact with them again!

  9. Isn't the wonders of modern social networking quite astonishing? How fun to have made contact with them again and that you have the photos from so long ago :)

  10. What a miracle to have five children at once. The photo is evidence that they are all grown up now and healthy looking.

  11. How lovely to be involved with that great little family! Imagine having five babies all at once... It's fabulous that they have all grown up and are doing so well.
    Also great for you, to have that little "moment of fame" - and to be able to connect with the Quins again, after all this time.
    Super-Jo strikes again! XX

  12. Wow - how amazing to come into contact with your former charges. The internet really is an amazing thing! Thanks for sharing your story and sorry for being so late in catching up on it.

  13. Fabulous story, Jo - congrats on your moment of fame - and what a super ending :)

  14. Well how about that! You and Kylie in the same mag! And yes they all look fabulous and not at all remarkable considering their interesting journey into the world.

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