“Thank you for giving me the message my mother should have”

Hi Christen! Last night I watched your Ted Talk and it really inspired me. I have always known that I do not want to give birth to a child. When I tell my mom this, tears build in her eyes and she says that since I am young I am just saying that. God gave you a gift to have children and you will have them. It’s always been a struggle for me when she says that. I feel like I am not the daughter she hoped for. I tell her that I am going to foster and adopt kids and give a child a loving home to live in. I really do not see what is wrong with that. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for giving me the message my mother should have.”

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