I said how the home tests remind me so much of pregnancy tests. And then...
She shared that they had gone through fertility treatments to have their (older) daughter, and it was awful, and they were told that they wouldn't have another and then a few years later my student made a surprise appearance.
But you know what? She didn't say "miracle." She didn't say "and it was all worth it to have the children we were meant to have." And when I shared that nothing worked for me, she did not say anything obtuse about adoption (I might have mentioned that didn't work either) or what I didn't do. She said I make a difference in kids' lives, and I shared how much it used to bother me when people were like "your students are your children" because my dream was never to have 10+ thirteen-fourteen year olds at once with learning and behavioral difficulties, but it is a place to put my energy.
I said, "mothering is a verb, and I do it differently and then go home to my cats and my wonderful husband."
It was a moment that left me feeling connected and understood. Our experiences were different, but with a thread of commonality.
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