“We need to talk?” Whoa. OK. That is definitely THE way to get a guy’s attention.
Like most of my gender, I’m only capable of doing one thing at a time and my mind was busy racing, so the rest of me went into standby mode.
Even at the time, I knew it was great news but, regardless, my reaction was more of a stunned mullet than any inspirational TV moment. And worse, I was aware that time slipped by at an unfair speed.
A ’that’s awesome’, leaked out, with all the conviction of an eleventh hour election promise.
“So? What happens now?” was probably my clearest and loudest thought, followed very closely by an immediate retail search for folic acid.
While I was aware of the magnitude of what I was saying, this only took me so far – about 5 seconds. After which I was expecting at least SOMETHING!
Obviously I was aware of a little life starting up within me, but that fact seemed to escape Omar and present itself in more of a financial burden. While he was obviously excited (2 days later), his initial response was dubious (to say the least). Since then I’ve found many women experience the same thing. Trust me, they are thrilled, but they don’t always find the right words to say so.
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