Truth is for the most part I am and have always been Ok with these cards that God dealt. I think I always knew even as a teenager that I may not have kids and so I started at a young age pretending I didn't want them. I was always going to be a business women and have a career first. I also had a few long term relationships where neither of my boyfriends wanted children. It wasn't until I reached my 40's that being childless started to hurt. I have a few times a year that I have a pity party for myself and have a good ol ugly cry. I've pretty much excluded attending any baby showers. What can I add to the conversations? Understand though- I am truly genuinely delighted and excited for my friends and family. I've not once asked why them and not me. I don't have an ounce of anger or sadness when I hear the news of someone else expecting. Pinky swear!!
It's the whole deal of not having someone to pass my possessions too and to visit me at the nursing home. I have a wedding dress that I can't hand down. Silly stuff like that is what makes me sad. I've lived a very full life up until now and not sure what it would have been like if kids were included. I traveled a lot more with my job a few years ago and I couldn't have done it with kids.
The good news is that Todd has 2 kids from his first marriage so I became instant stepmom. They are teenagers and they are great kids! I have 4 nieces and many friends who's kids call me Aunt Holli. I am blessed with children that love me and that I can love on whenever I want.
People sometimes pity me or can't understand why I didn't have kids. It's no ones business. I wish others would stop and realize that we didn't ask for these decisions that were made for us- we just learn to live them with and accept them an enjoy life no matter what. Mothers Day gets to be a little harder. I have friends and family that struggle with infertility and that's who i cry for. They ache for a baby. I didn't marry until 2 years ago and I'm in my late 40's. I'm sure that had I married at a younger age, I would have a different story. As for me now, I have 2 awesome furry babies that I adore.
Have a wonderful day!! I'm currently flying to LA today because I'm training classes all week in our Downey, CA office. My best friend from college lives close by and I'm so excited to visit her. Matter of fact , her 3 kids have always called me Aunt Holli.