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so exciting about your books!
tell us one of your favourite childhood memories.
what is one thing you're feeling really cute in these days?
who are your favourite authors?
Morning or night person?
What is one thing you are sad about changing once baby arrives? And a change you are happy about?
What an amazing feeling that must have been/be. I'm so happy for you and your DH
I worked at Kalamazoo College after grad school Is that the part of the mitten that you are in, too, or farther east?
Since you're well, a poet, and this baby is so longed for, I thought I'd post this poem for you (I hope you don't mind, it made me cry):
by Sharon Olds
The Planned Child
I hated the fact that they had planned me, she had taken
a cardboard out of his shirt from the laundry
as if sliding the backbone up out of his body,
and made a chart of the month and put
her temperature on it, rising and falling,
to know the day to make me—I would have
liked to have been conceived in heat,
in haste, by mistake, in love, in sex,
not on cardboard, the little x on the
rising line that did not fall again.
But when a friend was pouring wine
and said that I seem to have been a child who had been wanted,
I took the wine against my lips
as if my mouth were moving along
that valved wall in my mother’s body, she was
bearing down, and then breathing from the mask, and then
bearing down, pressing me out into
the world that was not enough for her without me in it,
not the moon, the sun, Orion
cartwheeling across the dark, not
the earth, the sea—none of it
was enough, for her, without me.
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