Dec 06 2010
For many, this time of year brings glitter covered, euphoric memories slightly yellowed and worn by time. Each ornament is placed on the Christmas tree with a particular sense of ceremony unmatched by anything else all year. Everyone observes traditions with joy.
Well, mostly everyone.
This is also the time of year that people wishing to start or expand their family feel the absence of children the most. I have a little bit of personal experience with this flavor of melancholy. While I feel a tremendous amount of hope this year, I know that each decoration, each commercial with an over abundance of sleigh bells, and every toy catalog also secretly magnifies emptiness for many.
There are sources of support for nearly everything in the world. For me, it is a medical issue that prohibits pregnancy. While I’m sure they are out there, it’s hard to know where to even start looking to find someone who shares the same situation– not necessarily a matter of infertility but still a matter of childlessness . I do know one thing– that’s a lonely place to be.
I don’t know who 99.9% of the hits on my blog represent, but if you, Mystery Reader, are in the same boat (or a similar boat), during this particularly hard time of year, you are not alone. I have a sneaking suspicion that there are a lot of us out there.
While I don’t know where you are on your journey, I wish you extra peace this holiday season. Above all, I wish you hope. Hope is a real game changer and worth holding on to, and you deserve that.