It’s been really hot around here! I’m lucky though, I have an above ground pool and air conditioning. I don’t suffer much.
I made my home everything that I wanted as a child. I grew up in a 1 bedroom apartment, but I knew early on that I wanted to live in a house. I wanted a yard,a swing-set, and a pool. I got them all, as an adult. I wanted my children to have the life that I never had. We take family vacations. They each have their own bedrooms. I got it all, for them. Everything that I wanted.
I never, ever considered giving any of them away, but I did once consider abortion.
I was pregnant with my 4th child. My husband didn’t make much money, and I had a job as a bank teller. I couldn’t imagine taking care of another baby. I went to planned parenthood, because they gave free pregnancy tests. I knew that I was pregnant, but I wanted official confirmation. They gave it to me. I sat in a woman’s office, and she advised abortion. She said it would be unfair to my other kids to have another. She said that I should think of myself, and my job. I felt guilty, because I wanted my baby, even if it was #4. Even if things would be tight. If I thought of myself, I wanted this baby very much.
I was torn.
Then I imagined meeting this unborn baby someday, and explaining why I did it. What would I say? I didn’t want to quit my bank teller job? I didn’t have enough money? None of the reasons seemed good enough for me to end my baby’s life.
None of those reasons were good enough, and I have 4 children. I had my tubes tied after she was born, so I would never have to face that tough decision again. I’m so glad that shes here! She’s 19 now, and we did have enough money after all. I got another job. We all survived.
I am not anti abortion. I think it’s a better choice than ISA, Infant Stranger Adoption. It just wasn’t the right choice for me, at that time. She will be starting her second year of college in a few weeks, my last baby.
How did my mother give me away? How could she tell people that I died? Did she ever imagine that I would come back and ask why? I did, and she did not have a good enough answer. What reason is good enough to explain why you gave your newborn away?
There is so much I needed to learn from her, and shes’ gone forever. The summer heat will always remind me of her last days, visiting her in the hospital as she lay dying. Gone! It still takes me by surprise sometimes.
She has not been buried. I don’t know where her ashes are. Nowhere to visit, nowhere to mourn.
My adoptive mother, Ramona is losing her hearing. She’s going to the ear doctor Monday, my eldest daughter will be taking her. Her conversations are filled with her fears about the procedure the doctor may do, something to drain the fluid from her ears. I feel sorry for her, but my mother is dead, and I don’t really love Ramona.
I was on vacation, with my family for 5 days, and had no internet or phone signal, and didn’t have any contact with Ramona. It was heaven, but now I’m back.