Friday, February 8th, 2008
The above six-word life story comes from Joanna Brody. Heady stuff to begin with, right? Then she emailed me trying to retract it; there had been medical complications and their last hope had fallen through. I encouraged her to keep the memoir anyway, explaining that it was an honest slice of her life. Then she wrote me the beautiful letter we quote in the book’s intro about how quickly life can change. If she only knew! Check out this email, received just one year later:
This is so cool. Congratulations on finishing and publishing the book!
I do have a major update: my original memoir involved my husband’s cousin acting as a gestational surrogate for us after I had multiple miscarriages. Well, that crashed and burned in Feb. 08, two months after I submitted the memoir. But you told me it was okay b/c each memoir was a moment in time. At that time, I also completely gave up on having children.
Yet today, I am sitting in my new home with two babies to my name—Joey, who we adopted at birth and is now 7 months old, and Lyra, my biological daughter who is 6 weeks old. Both children are miracles in their own way—Joey’s birth mom is half Filipino, just like my husband. (We had always wanted to adopt a Filipino baby but heard they are extremely rare.) And the fact that at 43 years old I got pregnant with a healthy baby that made it to term is the miracle of Lyra.
My newest 6-word memoir is: Adopted baby. Got pregnant. Instant family. (Or “Three to six in nothing flat.” We have two big dogs as well–the second puppy and our children all arrived in our home within a year’s time.)”