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Only if you tell her why... - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Only if you tell her why...
Whilst talking to my mother last night I found out that by mom didn't know something that I had assumed she did. It happens from time to time, but for some reason its always a surprise, this one especially so.

During the conversation my plans for IVF came up. That's not unusual. In fact, we talk about it a lot. There's only so much I can say about Warren, and my mom isn't so interested in Perl or Warcraft, so that leaves my infertility as the major topic of conversation.

I don't remember exactly how it came up, I think I was discussing with my mom the odds of the IVF, and my increased risk etc. Mom jokingly said, "Maybe I'll ask your Aunt Mary to say a (some prayer starting with N that I can't spell) for you." I was startled, laughed, and shot right back, "Only if you tell her why." I then made some comment about how Aunt Mary already believes I am going to hell, which caused Mom to ask a question that revealed that she hadn't know that IVF was against Catholic teaching. That's what shocked me.

At this point I think a bit of background is in order. My Aunt Mary is my mother's half sister. She is 14 years older that Mom, and they are so different its hard to believe that they are related at all. Religion is one of those areas where the difference is most apparent. Aunt Mary is one of those super-devout Catholics who goes to church every day and protests outside of abortion clinics. Mom, on the other hand, left the Catholic church when she was pregnant with me, is pro-choice, and is a strong advocate of birth control. Mom is a very tolerant and open-minded person. Aunt Mary, upon learning that I was pagan, began calling my mother regularly and lecturing her about how I was going to hell.

I must say that there are plenty of Catholics that I would be more than happy to have praying for me. My Aunt Mary is not one of them. I'm just not so happy about the idea of someone praying for me who is not only truly convinced of my impending eternal damnation but also feels the need to lecture my mother about it. On the other hand, it would be terribly ironic if she were asked to pray for the success my IVF in light of the church's position on such things, hence my joking caveat: "Only if you tell her why." I was shocked when Mom didn't get my joke, partly because it meant she may not have been entirely joking in her initial suggestion. Of course Mom left the church before I was born, so that was years before the first successful IVF, but even so I found it weird that the woman who spent 13 years in Catholic school knew less about the Catholic Church's position on IVF than her heathen daughter.

A sad footnote to all this is that Aunt Mary's own daughter, my cousin Laura, also has infertility caused by endometriosis. Laura is one of those really super nice people. By anyone's standard she totally didn't deserve for something so icky to happen to her. She has two lovely adopted daughters now. At least the extended family can rule out the wrath of a vengeful deity as the cause of infertility.


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davehenry From: davehenry Date: October 17th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

At least I can help with this part....

I'm guessing she meant a Novena.
remcat From: remcat Date: October 17th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: At least I can help with this part....

Heh. The only "N" word I could come up with is "Nosferatu" -- and I knew that wasn't right. :)

I suspect that this lack of knowlegde on your mother's part is more about her not knowing Everything About IVF and less about her not knowing Everything About Catholics.
jlecrone From: jlecrone Date: October 19th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


As an ex-Catholic myself, I would have to concur that it is likely your mother would've used the word "Novena." (Especially devote Catholics)often will say "Oh, my goodness! I'll say a novena for you."

Though the thought of the word being 'nosferatu' was exceptionally humorous this morning!

On a totally unrelated (related) note - hit your blog from another IF blog when I saw you mention WoW (it was in relation to the 'study' that kvetching about IF actually decreases your chances of conception). I couldnt stop laughing. I just thought - Wow, so that means the more I play, the better my chances are - DUDE, that's GREAT! I think even DH can get behind THAT concept! Definitely going to work that angle hard this month and do some 'studies' of my own on that!

Best wishes,
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: October 20th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: HA!

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be working hard on the Warcraft cure of inferility myself, especially once the expansion comes out. Must grind for the new PvP armor.
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