You guys are not gonna freaking believe this.
Remember when I blogged about my high school friend Calla, whom I'd suspected had been struggling to conceive and yet announced her pregnancy via posting an ultrasound pic on Facebook just a few weeks ago?
In the comments, most of you advised me to drop her from Facebook. I didn't, only because I knew that if I did, my two best remaining friends from high school (one of whom is pregnant herself) would have to deal with the fallout drama. I didn't want to do that to them. So I just resolved to ignore the whole issue and go on my merry way.
Then today, I received a message from her. Just a "hi, how are things?", but it was so out of the blue I couldn't ignore it. I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment. I replied. We exchanged pleasantries. She asked for my mailing address. A Christmas card I'll never receive, I thought. Then, since I couldn't avoid the obvious, I wished her congratulations on her pregnancy. Her reply (verbatim):
It's still hard to comprehend. I honestly didn't think it could and would never happen. I was beginning to accept that it wouldn't.
Obviously there was no closing this can of worms. What ensued was an hour-long texting session during which she told me that it had taken them four years to conceive. She and her husband had never done any treatments, I suspect for financial reasons. But her cycles were totally wonky when she came off the pill, and she said she could never figure out when she was ovulating. She said the depression got so bad at one point that she could barely stand to be around her nieces and nephews. But she hardly told anyone.
Of course I told her about our troubles as well. She knew (through our remaining mutual friends) that M and I were having difficulties, but didn't know the specifics. I gave her the Cliff's notes version, and she gave me something I totally did not expect: a sympathetic ear. No platitudes, no "it'll happen when you least expect it", no "just relax". Just an offer to listen whenever I needed to talk, and a heartfelt expression of hope that things would work out for us.
I still don't think I've picked my jaw up off the floor. So much of this just does not compute with me. Why now, after so much silence? Why bother at all? And having been through something similar herself, why make a pregnancy announcement like that? One that she must have experienced herself when she was still on the other side, and known how hurtful it could be?
I still haven't quite decided how I feel about it all. It's a totally weird mish-mash of emotions. It's nice that she reached out. I doubt I'll end up talking to her much further about it, but the gesture is appreciated. And then there's the inevitable pity party. Of course she can reach out now. She's all but past this. She got lucky. I haven't. And I don't know if I ever will. As much as it felt good to talk to someone I know about this stuff, I ended up crying as I texted her and relived all the disappointment. The loneliness and isolation. The fear that I'll never see the end of it.
I guess more than anything, I'm just confused by it all. Seems par for the course for our relationship, really.