One of the techniques used to highlight what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes to “role play.” Well, I’d like to take that a step further. I’d like to invite my fertility challenged readers as well as the moms who drop by to participate. Cue the music (you know the tune) and now, let’s enter the Twilight Zone…
Everyone who is fighting with infertility, you are now able to conceive — the NATURAL way.
Those of you with children, those who conceived without a thought as to ovulation cycles, FSH or sperm counts, you are now mysteriously unable to bear children. The little ones you once nursed, cuddled and bragged on at social gatherings, they no longer exist. The realization of childlessness is frightening, devastating because the once fertile now find themselves in an empty nursery, the house is suddenly silent — no more giggles or playful chatter or background noise courtesy of Dora the Explorer or Sesame Street.
Those who were once infertile are equally in disbelief. They’ve just had a loving and spontaneous romp. Two weeks later two pink lines magically appear on an at home pregnancy kit. The newly pregnant can’t quite wrap their heads around the idea that no external intervention was required…not a pill, not a shot, not even a visit to a doctor’s office.
Now, mysteriously pregnant, the once infertile are wondering if they can muster the confidence to hold a baby shower or whether it might jinx the prospects for a successful delivery.
Meanwhile, those who have come to the realization that their plumbing doesn’t work are desperate. It’s slowly dawning on them that the spare bedrooms in their house might, at best, only serve as guest rooms…
With the scene set, some newly fertile women — NFWs– (remember we’re living in opposite land) meet their now infertile women friends — NIWs — for lunch. What’s their conversation? How does the dialogue develop? How do their relationships change? The story is now in your hands…yes, audience participation is required.
Now’s your chance to call the shots. Please spread the word. I’m very curious to see what comes of this. Everyone gets to have their say in the comments…who’s first?