Please email  herclayheart@gmail.com  if you would like to be a part of this project.  We would love to hold space for your story.

Please email herclayheart@gmail.com if you would like to be a part of this project.  We would love to hold space for your story.

 The image is of me standing on this hill by myself, trying to manage it all. It's a huge responsibility. They need a lot and my shit affects them and that weighs heavily on me. And when you do it alone there's nobody there to hold you up. 

The image is of me standing on this hill by myself, trying to manage it all. It's a huge responsibility. They need a lot and my shit affects them and that weighs heavily on me. And when you do it alone there's nobody there to hold you up. 

 I’m sure it is an amazing experience to bring life into this world but I feel like that is not what I’m meant to do. People tell me that I’m going to regret it because I won’t have anybody when I’m old but I tell them that is not what kids are for.

I’m sure it is an amazing experience to bring life into this world but I feel like that is not what I’m meant to do. People tell me that I’m going to regret it because I won’t have anybody when I’m old but I tell them that is not what kids are for.

 I know that I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for my first child. She was born into chaos, into a very thick, toxic dysfunctional situation. She became my higher power. She gave me this sense of purpose and hope. She injected a sense of worth that I never had until I had her.

I know that I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for my first child. She was born into chaos, into a very thick, toxic dysfunctional situation. She became my higher power. She gave me this sense of purpose and hope. She injected a sense of worth that I never had until I had her.

 I love children but I’m not sure I have the space I would want to give to my child. There’s still a lot of my own suffering I’m dealing with and sometimes I don’t know whether or not I’m willing to let it go. I know it so well down there in the darkness of the abyss. It’s like home, and there’s just no place like it.   

I love children but I’m not sure I have the space I would want to give to my child. There’s still a lot of my own suffering I’m dealing with and sometimes I don’t know whether or not I’m willing to let it go. I know it so well down there in the darkness of the abyss. It’s like home, and there’s just no place like it.

 

 I didn’t do any of the things you’re supposed to do first. I didn’t get married. I didn’t have financial security. I didn’t have my own life figured out at all, but I knew it was what I wanted for such a long time, and it was very purposeful. I still can’t believe I pulled it off. I feel pretty lucky.

I didn’t do any of the things you’re supposed to do first. I didn’t get married. I didn’t have financial security. I didn’t have my own life figured out at all, but I knew it was what I wanted for such a long time, and it was very purposeful. I still can’t believe I pulled it off. I feel pretty lucky.

 I prioritized being an artist. I couldn’t have everything, and that was the most important thing to me. I’m beginning to accept that I might not have a life that has biological children in it but I feel like there are different ways of playing a mother role for people.

I prioritized being an artist. I couldn’t have everything, and that was the most important thing to me. I’m beginning to accept that I might not have a life that has biological children in it but I feel like there are different ways of playing a mother role for people.

 The moment I had my first child I couldn’t fathom the thought of anything happening to him. I’ve never been suicidal, but I feel like if my boys were killed I would kill myself. I can’t imagine how I would live. Yet I read people’s stories of how they get through it, they move on. 

The moment I had my first child I couldn’t fathom the thought of anything happening to him. I’ve never been suicidal, but I feel like if my boys were killed I would kill myself. I can’t imagine how I would live. Yet I read people’s stories of how they get through it, they move on. 

 There are women who just know they’re supposed to be moms and I just don’t know that feeling at all. I don’t know if that means I’m just not ready for it or if I’ll never be ready for it. I wonder where that innate instinct comes from and why I don’t feel it.   

There are women who just know they’re supposed to be moms and I just don’t know that feeling at all. I don’t know if that means I’m just not ready for it or if I’ll never be ready for it. I wonder where that innate instinct comes from and why I don’t feel it.

 

 When we started the adoption process they told us, “Nobody wants to give their baby up to lesbians.” I was so offended and I said, “I’m a woman, I can have a baby! I don’t need any of your permission!” I loved having a baby, I loved being a mom, it opened something I didn’t know was in me.

When we started the adoption process they told us, “Nobody wants to give their baby up to lesbians.” I was so offended and I said, “I’m a woman, I can have a baby! I don’t need any of your permission!” I loved having a baby, I loved being a mom, it opened something I didn’t know was in me.

 The most fun thing about being a mom is to do stuff with their kid, like taking them to the park or watching something with them. The hardest thing about being a mom is having to deal with all the baby stuff, like making them go to sleep and making them stop crying. 

The most fun thing about being a mom is to do stuff with their kid, like taking them to the park or watching something with them. The hardest thing about being a mom is having to deal with all the baby stuff, like making them go to sleep and making them stop crying. 

  The hardest part of this year has been going back to work and leaving my son with people I didn’t know. I felt like I didn’t have any real models to grab onto of people that I looked up to as good mothers who had done that.


The hardest part of this year has been going back to work and leaving my son with people I didn’t know. I felt like I didn’t have any real models to grab onto of people that I looked up to as good mothers who had done that.

 I wanted a child. I realized I wasn’t going to pick the right person if I followed my heart so I just followed my mind. I went with an ex who was an outstanding, kind man. I knew that even if I screwed up, he would be a good father. I wanted my kids to have a good father, a present father because I didn’t have that.

I wanted a child. I realized I wasn’t going to pick the right person if I followed my heart so I just followed my mind. I went with an ex who was an outstanding, kind man. I knew that even if I screwed up, he would be a good father. I wanted my kids to have a good father, a present father because I didn’t have that.

 I’m in mourning because I’m not going to have a baby. I never thought I wasn’t going to be a mother. My age decided. When I turned fifty I realized, “Oh, it’s too late.” I was so busy with other things that it never occurred to me that I would lose that opportunity. I think I would’ve been a good mother.    

I’m in mourning because I’m not going to have a baby. I never thought I wasn’t going to be a mother. My age decided. When I turned fifty I realized, “Oh, it’s too late.” I was so busy with other things that it never occurred to me that I would lose that opportunity. I think I would’ve been a good mother.


 

 I really wished to start my family over again. My mother and father were very complicated. I knew my having a son would make them happy, but it completely changed their relationship. They suddenly figured out how to be parents and it was a beautiful thing. 

I really wished to start my family over again. My mother and father were very complicated. I knew my having a son would make them happy, but it completely changed their relationship. They suddenly figured out how to be parents and it was a beautiful thing. 

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