All of us at some point in our lives have people in our lives who seem to have nothing better to do than grill us on our lives. Is it a superiority thing on their part or are they just scrambling for small talk? I’ve mentioned this before: Sometimes people just give you labels and once you’ve got a label, that’s who you forever are to them and all conversation heads in that direction. You see them coming down the street and you think: “Oh crap. Here we go again.” To them you’re “The childless couple.” That’s your label. I’ve had a million labels in my life: “The Jewish woman”. “The New Yorker”.
“Hi coworker who put me on the spot and asked me all about my family planning in front of several other colleagues. How is YOUR sex life since your wife had a baby? How often are you doing it now? Are you using condoms or any contraceptive method? What positions?”
(Dubliner in Deutschland’s blog about well, a Dubliner living in Germany with her husband and their experiences can be found at: http://dublinerindeutschland.blogspot.de/)
“Hi Cousin Jenny. Yes, I know you want to give me your kids so I can understand how lucky I am (don’t worry, you’ll still be mom). Was going to ask, don’t the saggy boobs bother you? I mean, it’s clear you lost a cup size after all your pregnancy and they seem to droop a lot. Which must be so said for Stan, because, you know, he’s a self-proclaimed breast man.”
“Hi Frank. Yes, I know, I just should have sex with you to get knocked up. Because clearly my husband isn’t capable to doing the job (even though the issue is with me). But I guess my question is, what happens if we have lots and lots of sex and I’m still not pregnant? I mean, what does that say about you? I’m not so sure I want my baby sister dating a guy who’s sperm may be questionable.”
Is that singeing hair I smell? Okay, grillees, you can go now. I think you’re done.
Cristy’s “Searching for the Silver Lining” blog can be found at: http://searchingforoursilverlining.blogspot.com/
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