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What is the best news you've ever received?

Asked by harple (10427 points ) June 13th, 2012

Someone asked me this this evening, and I’m struggling to answer it – what seemed like the best news at one point may not be relevant to my life now, so was it still the best news?

What’s the best news you’ve ever received?

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Ela's avatar

That my divorce was final.

flutherother's avatar

When I heard my wife was expecting.

ucme's avatar

When my wife informed me she was pregnant, both occasions will live with me forever….because children happened :¬)

SuperMouse's avatar

That we found an accessible, affordable place to live and I would finally be sharing a home with my husband and children. (The kids and I lived in one house and husband in another.)

ragingloli's avatar

When I was notified that my worthless son was shot like a rabid dog on the western front.

cookieman's avatar

When, after two years, the SARS epidemic, and a boatload of paperwork, we finally received our approved adoption paperwork and a blurry passport photo of the most adorable baby ever.

zenvelo's avatar

When my ex was pregnant with my son. This was after four years of trying including numerous infertility treatments and two IVF cycles that failed.

marinelife's avatar

I don’t know. I think it was different at different times in my life.

NuclearWessels's avatar

When I was 16 – that my g/f was not pregnant.

annewilliams5's avatar

When I found out I was pregnant with our son. I think when I found out that I was officially cured after being in remission for 5 years, was the 2nd place finisher on my list.

gailcalled's avatar

It’s a boy. He’s perfect.

And several years later…

It’s a girl. She’s perfect.

janbb's avatar

Repetitive answer but when I found out I was pregnant the first time after 18 months of trying.

thorninmud's avatar

When our daughter was very young, she had an almost perpetual cough. The doctor raised the possibility of cystic fibrosis and recommended that she be tested. CF makes sweat saltier, so the test back then (maybe still?) involved bundling the baby up in a warm room and carrying her around for an hour to make her sweat, then analyzing the sweat for salt content.

There was only one clinic that did this test, and they were booked three weeks out. During those three weeks, we managed to convince ourselves that all her symptoms pointed to CF. I wonder how many times we licked that poor kid and debated her saltiness. A very long three weeks.

At the end of the test both my daughter and I were drenched in sweat, she for obvious reasons and I from sheer anxiety. Then we waited around for the analysis. It was negative.

janbb's avatar

@thorninmud oh jeez – my oldest had the sweat test for CF too.

zensky's avatar

It’s a girl.

Then.

A healthy, beautiful girl.

Then.

Takes after her mom.

Phew.

Two years later; it’s a boy. Same idea; resembled me.

Coloma's avatar

When I was over 8 months pregnant I realized I had not felt my daughter kick or move for several days. I was petrified and went in for a monitoring. When her heartbeat showed up and I was assured she was alive and well, just losing womb space. lol

Next to that, yep, when my divorce came through and my ex moved out of the state. Oh the joy of having the entire state of California back as my very own. Not to mention he moved to Texas, where he belongs, in the devils wasteland. haha

Symbeline's avatar

When I was a kid and learned that I could go live with my dad. lol, sap moment

Also whenever someone says, alright fine, I won’t kill you. That’s always good news.

dontmindme's avatar

My parents let me see the movie Annie the day after I got to see E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Two new releases in two days is the best news for an 11 year old.

fremen_warrior's avatar

One of the best moments of my life was when I finally convinced my dad to give up smoking, that was over 10 years ago, and he hasn’t touched a cig since, I’m damned proud of my pop! :-)

picante's avatar

Our “best” and “worst” of anything will certainly change over time, as they are values we assign given our current perspective. I’d probably struggle to answer the same question, Harple.

My short list of “some of the best” include: “You’re pregnant;” “it’s a girl;” “it’s benign;” “your construction loan has been approved;” “you’ve got the job . . . when can you start;” and from the perspective of one in a severe, prolonged drought surrounded by wildfires last year . . . “there’s a 90% chance of rain today.”

gailcalled's avatar

My second-best piece of news was “The margins are clean.”

glenjamin's avatar

It was a cyst, not cancer…...whew!

annewilliams5's avatar

@gailcalled Yup, I can see that. Between the birth of a child and the knowledge that a dreadful disease is caught in time, both are wonderful and powerful.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Benign tumors rather than cancerous and I woke up from anesthesia just fine even though I was terrified of something going wrong.

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