Women I could easily connect with or who effortlessly ‘got me’ and my complicated childless, ‘non-mom’ experience once felt elusive.
And those of us with tearful facesLacking in the social graces Desperately remained at home Inventing non-moms on the phone
To those of us who knew the painOf much wanted children who never came And those whose names were never called When choosing sides for Baby & Me at the mall
It was long ago and far away The world was younger than today When dreams were all they gave for free To childless women like me
Conscious Childless Elder Women Sharing Stories
That was until the blogosphere introduced me to a whole new world of truth telling. Today, as we approach 2023 I’ve had the remarkable good fortune to meet some of you in person, many on blogs and others via book clubs. Together, we’ve helped heal and educate. We’ve created community, raised awareness, and nurtured many, including our tribe.
More recently, thanks to the pioneering work of Jody Day, we’re also meeting via Zoom to capture and advance the realities of growing older sans children.
The latest topic of the Fireside Wisdom with Childless Elderwomen is Renewal. In a safe space on the winter solstice, we women shared stories, resources, insights, and hard-won wisdom. We covered a lot of important issues so rather than attempt to summarize, I encourage you to tune in and listen. I’ll extract some of the my favorite compelling thoughts in an upcoming post. Meanwhile, you can sign up to Jody’s mailing list for future sessions here
IVF Survivors: One of Slate’s Best Podcasts of 2022
Last week, amid what has felt like an endless series of COVID reactive respiratory infections (currently sinusitis and more asthma), some good news. Slate editors chose their favorite podcast episodes based on what they described as “engrossing interviews” and “untold stories.” Honored to learn the podcast where I shared what it was like to be an ‘IVF Survivor’ made the list. Can you believe it? The concept of an IVF Survivor is now in the lexicon — thanks to our coming forward with our stories.