I just found out a friend of mine from high school is pregnant.
She’s having a baby.
[pause for stunned silence]
This is someone I’m not in contact with that much any more, but there is still something special about someone you spent so much time with (and who is your age) having a baby. This is the first of my friends to take that step and it feels so strange (and if it feels strange for me, I can’t imagine how it must feel for her!)
I won’t lie and say it doesn’t feel a bit melancholy for me. I’m a firm believer in “women don’t need a partner to have a complete life” but I do want children, quite badly.
A dear friend of mine and I always joke about the fact that we can’t spend any time working in cafés because we just look at the babies instead.
At the same time, I’m a logical person. I realize I won’t have children for at least five or ten years, least of all because I don’t have a partner to have these children with.
And what would I do with a child now, anyway? I’m still in school, I don’t have a job…
As things are now, my friend’s life is very far from my own.
And damn it all to hell, if that doesn’t make me a bit jealous.