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I have a good friend who's wanted to be a mother since I first met her 8 years ago. Sweet, loving and gentle, she's always the first to smile at a child. Drawing them in with her warmth. The thing holding her back for the longest time was finding a life partner and, now, a move. As the years go by, I've watched the sadness come into her eyes. She knows her window of fertility is slipping away.
It hurts watching my friend go through this and yet I feel like I'm failing to support her. With someone actively in treatment, pursuing adoption or looking into other options of resolution, it's clear how to support. But here, the water is murky. I don't want to push her and yet part of me wants to scream when she talks about waiting until various things are checked off the to-do list. I know she's aware of the window and yet the urgency seems lacking. And so I continue to fail, despite offers to listen and be there when she needs me. Instead I watch as I become another source of pain.
#MicroblogMondays 139: Wind Phones
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