Kittens are What Has Been Missing from Your Infertility Explanation
I know that if you are like me, you encounter people from time to time who don’t really understand infertility. They’ve gotten their information from the mainstream media, or they only know about it through an unrealistic storyline on their favourite soap opera. So they make unhelpful suggestions or say hurtful things, and then you are in a position where you need to educate them on the basics of your reproductive situation. You forward them a link to a helpful website, or you point them towards an article.
What has been missing from your explanation of infertility — up until this point — is kittens.
33 of them.
Mostly — judging by size — a few weeks old. Baby cats. To explain why you can’t have a baby. A compendium of borrowed feline babies to tell the story of your malfunctioning uterus.
I can haz IVF?
Image: Nick Perla via Flickr
Sarcasm aside, I don’t really know how to process Buzzfeed’s “Infertility Explained By 33 Impossibly Adorable Cats.” Someone just sent it to me, and I started reading it with my head cocked to the side, as if looking at the screen askew would somehow bring the message into focus. But… and I can’t believe I’m writing this… my breath caught when I got to #17. And #18. And there were moments where I stopped thinking about how someone was describing something devastating with cats (what’s next? Cancer explained with pony pictures? Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 understood through puppies?) and started reading it as simply an explanation of something devastating.
And then I just felt very quiet.