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Write about a first meeting.
After much thought, I have decided to write about my first meeting of another birthmom.
I knew birthmoms, online anyway, for several months before I met one in person. It was easy for me to believe that we were so rare, such an odd breed, that online was the only way I would ever know a birthmom. This was back in my naieve days, when I still thought that only those people were birthmoms, and that I must be one of those people. I've come a long way batman.
I was in the BirthmomBuds Monday night chat one night and Heather virtually cornered me. She messaged me and asked where in Wa I was. Amazing that I met someone online who lived less than 20 miles from me. She then told me about our local support group (that I now love) and invited me to their next meeting.
They have meetings Thursdays at 7. I was super nervous because I did not get off of work until 715 and I hate being late. I knew I could not be there until 7:30 and I would be in my horrid work uniform. Would these girls (who, in my mind, were now a clique) accept me? Would they scorn me for being late? What if I did not fit in?
That first Thursday came around and I was super nervous. I did what I needed to do at work to get out as early as I could and headed out -- butterflies in my stomach. I sped to the meeting location, nervous and excited. After I parked, I did not know what to do. I sat there, debating driving away, and closed my eyes. I owed it to B to be OK with his adoption, to seek support wherever I could get it. Deep breath, and in I went.
Except not. The door was locked. Was this my sign to turn and run? I thought about it, another deep breath and I rang the doorbell. My stomach flipped. My heart stopped. Someone answered, asked me if I was there for group. I dont know what I stammered in response, but they showed me where the other birthmoms were. For the first time ever, I was amongst others with the same 'secret' as me.
To say I was nervous would be an understatement. I was terrified. I was not as pretty as these women, not dressed in any way that should have me out in public. I was not LDS (this is a LDSFS group). I was late. In ten minutes, though, I was one of them. Heather was funny and outgoing and intelligent. I dont remember who else was there the first day, I know Tawnia and Tara were. Megan maybe? (I miss Megan, if anyone didnt know). I just know that the LOVE, the understanding in that room was immense.
I went from being scared to yearning for another meeting in all of ten minutes. I recommend a support group to all of you, for whatever 'secret' you have (within reason).
With Love Always
(Forgive me if this post didnt make much sense. Fighting a migraine and not focusing well!)