Life Without Baby

Filling the silence in the motherhood discussion

Meeting New People July 1, 2011

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my readers in person!! It was so much fun.

At first it was a little strange, because the only thing we knew we had in common was our infertility and we both knew that the topic would come up, which it did. I learned something new about my own diagnosis from her experience. It was something my own doctors had never told me and, while it doesn’t change my prognosis, it helped me to put another piece of the puzzle in place, and make sense of what happened to me.

We also talked about food, shopping, and Los Angeles, and discovered a mutual love of travel. I left our lunch feeling as if I’d found a new friend and I hope that she felt the same way.

Our childlessness does not define us and it is only a small part of who we are, but my own experience has been that my childfree status is what connects me to someone initially and affords me the opportunity to find out what else we have in common.

We have a dynamic community of women here from all over the world and all walks of life – and with a broad range of interests. I urge you to use the common denominator to find friends with other interests – and avoid have that awkward “do you have kids” question.

On the main site you’ll already find writers, readers, gardeners, pet lovers, and cooks. You’ll find groups in Canada, California, and Texas, too. But is you’re interested in scuba diving, crafting, decorating, or belly dancing; entomology, etymology, archaeology, or theology; philanthropy, mythology, philately, or newts, start a group! Make a connection. Find something else to talk about. You may even find a new friend.


3 Responses to “Meeting New People”

  1. Nic Says:

    Meeting new people is not something I usually do, but I have found it has done wonders for my self esteem. I have meet people from my fertility clinic and that has been the common denominator and friendships have grown from there.

  2. Kelly Says:

    It was a pleasure meeting you! I enjoyed the conversation – infertility, travel and the like – and I’m glad I made it to L.A. You have so much to share, and I admire your courage to stand up and talk about it with virtual strangers. Your story has helped me move a bit further forward in my ‘second life’ and I thank you for your insight.

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