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I am nearly 72 and my wife is 67. We had three girls and several miscarriages. At the time they were in diapers I found it hard but we still wanted at least one more child. Several years after our first grandchild was born I began thinking about how nice it would be to have another baby. Then in April 2020 my wife got a call from a relative asking if we could take her baby (almost six months old) because Human Resources was there with a policeman to keep order. (Apparently, she said, someone had lied about her.)

Any way the policeman had a nice dog and we still have the baby, now a toddler. The interesting thing about this experience is that without a career to worry about, taking care of her has not been pleasant other than our being sick all the time and not getting enough sleep, and the fact that she has become very independent except at 2AM when she is “scared”. That basically means she wants to sleep in our bed. Our problem is what are we going to do about her if something happens to one of us? Santa Maria mater Dei, ora pro nobis! I have been stunned at the number of people we have since met in similar circumstances.

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I meant to say “has not been unpleasant”.

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Apr 27, 2023Liked by Mary Ellen Barrett

Amen!

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It’s like you read my mind lately, this is exactly how I’m feeling. I actually told my husband I wish we had a house of little ones again, it was so much easier.

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And we thought it was so hard. It was hard but I feel like the stakes are somehow higher now, which is probably me being a little dramatic.

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