A gift

Suppose I was able to give you a one-of-a-kind car, one that not everyone can have.  Yes, it would be free to you.  What would it be, a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley?  Before you could accept this car, you would have to sign a form that states you will take care of this car to the best of your ability, including any required maintenance, forever.  Would you do it?  Would you Wash it, pamper it, love on it?

Most of you, I would assume, would say yes!  We could change the subject to a one-of-kind home or whatever.  The point is, you would take something no one else had for free and take care of it forever. Right?

Now, change the subject from a car or house to a baby.  I have had friends who have lost their young children to tragedy and other friends who want nothing more than the opportunity to conceive, yet cant. As a parent, I am saddened by the number of people who take parenting for granted.   All too often people take our children as anything less than magical. Some parents don't even want to be a part of their child's life.  I am not sure they truly realize the one-of-a-kind gift they were given. Maybe they don't understand how lucky they really are.  I'm sure you know someone who is unable to have children, you probably feel strongly that they would be amazing parents.

Did you know that only 10% of women over 40 can conceive?  How about couples ages 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system have only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month. After six months of trying, 60% of couples conceive without medical assistance.

Those are staggering numbers and one in which I am humbled by.  I am one of the lucky ones while others are not.  My hope? For those who are lucky enough to conceive, please don't take it for granted.  What you have is truly special, one-of-a-kind.  Don't take my word for it though.  Ask someone who can't conceive, I'm sure they will tell you all about it.