From Anne Fitzgerald, Executive Director
The meme (graphic), shown here, was designed for our Facebook page. It really struck a chord. You see, I’ve spent the past two months contemplating when and how was the best time to share my joyful story. As I read the meme, the words simply came flooding through.
As I’ve shared before, I am a birth mother. Twenty years ago this January I gave birth to a sweet baby girl with blue eyes and brown hair.
Two blissful days later I walked out of the hospital leaving half of my heart behind. It was one of the worst days I’ve ever experienced. The joy I’d had in the hospital bonding with my girl was equal only to the pain of loss. I knew in my heart and mind that I could not be the best parent my daughter needed, yet walking away from a child is something that words cannot adequately describe.
I spent the next 20 years often thinking of my girl. We celebrated her birthday each year. I received photos and letters yearly from her parents. I watched her life from afar and was so proud of the young woman she was becoming.
Then two months ago the most amazing day occurred…I got to meet my birth daughter!! It was incredible, joyful, and emotional. Looking into the face of another, who shares so many personality traits and features, yet whom you are just getting to know, is an overwhelming experience. She has since met her brothers and my family. What a gift!
You see, not all gifts can be seen.
As we celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, and we share gifts with loved ones and friends, let us remember all those who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. They are facing a myriad of emotions and may not realize what a gift that child is. Let us be the beacon of hope and love. This wonderful season, let us look at ways that we can assist, whether volunteering at a pregnancy center, praying outside an abortion clinic, or donating financially to prolife organizations. Twenty years later I have had returns on a gift that I could not have fathomed.
Day of Tears is a national non-profit pro-life organization. We seek to name January 22nd as the Day of Tears to honor and remember the lives that we’ve lost to abortion. For more information, please visit our website, www.DayofTears.com.