August 23, 2012 by dontbringlulubook
Louise Elizabeth Onions was born sometime after midday on Sunday, 25th March 1962. It had been a long and difficult labour after a pregnancy that seemed to go on forever. When I took Lulu into my arms for the very first time, all ten pounds of her, I looked closely to see who she most resembled, noting especially her reddish hair and intensely blue eye. Then the thought came out of nowhere: ‘This one’s going to need a lot of looking after.’
Throughout the pregnancy I had been apprehensive about what might happen in the months ahead. This was because there had been serious problems after the birth of my first daughter, Sarah, three and a half years earlier in November 1958, after seven years of marriage. I was then 30 years old and we had both delayed having kids deliberately so we could both get on with our professional lives.
I had graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a teaching diploma in Speech and Drama and had taken a job at a teachers’ training college in North London. Ron was a sports editor at the Tottenham Herald and we lived near the newspaper office in rambling accommodation that stretched alongside the local Friends’ Meeting House.
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