When I was pregnant with Grace, the world seemed so black and white. To me, there were lots of hard questions with easy answers. Matt felt more grey.
It's an age old childhood question forcing you in a corner to choose
between friends: The house is on fire and you can only save one person.
Who do you save? Our conversations, considering my high risk status, was
always my press of: If something goes wrong and you have to choose, I
want you to choose the baby.
For me, the conversation
was black and white. Of course I would sacrifice myself for someone I
already loved. I would give everything. Matt saw the greys of a life
without me. I also think he was gripped with the heartbreak of knowing
that if we were pressed to make a terrible decision like that, he would
Luckily, we never even came close to
making a decision like that. There were slight hiccups, but nothing that
made us much different from the billions of childbirth stories out
This post was inspired by The Bloodletter's Daughter. The description below says that this book is about murder and power. I believe that it is about self sacrifice. What struck me the most was the end of the book and the choices the protagonist makes for those that she loves.
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Inspired by a real-life murder that threatened to topple the powerful Hapsburg dynasty in the 17th century, The Bloodletter's Daughter imagines how one young woman holds more power than she thought possible. Join From Left to Write on September 25 as we discuss the The Bloodletter's Daughter. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.