Monday, April 8, 2013

HAWMC Day 8: If Infertility Were an Animal

It's the second week and Day 8 of HAWMC, and I'm well on my way to my 13-post goal for this year's challenge.  Ya-hoo!

You can start with Day 1 here.

Today's prompt:  If your health condition (or the health condition of a loved one) was an animal, what would it be?  Is it a real animal or make believe?

Infertility and the circumstances surrounding it are like some of the hunting scenes I've seen on National Geographic.  People are like the antelope hanging out at a pond's edge waiting for a fish to swim by.  The antelope just knows a fish will come by any moment now, and that it'll be able to grasp it up quickly.

What the antelope doesn't know is that something is wrong.  A sinister presence lurks in the tall grass behind it.  It's a lion.  The lion is patient.  Seeing its prey, it's going to pounce at just the right moment; just when the antelope thinks it's safe, that nothing terrible is going to happen, the lion will attack.  And not only will it take away the prospect of a fish, but it will damage the antelope badly, if not fully engulf it in its sharp dagger teeth. 

The ubiquitous fear and its all encompassing nature force the antelope to fight or flee.  Other antelope scatter and send messages to the one in danger like, "Tsk, tsk...maybe it was meant to be" or "Just keep running and it'll all be okay" or "Maybe if you turn left quickly..."  All silly placations, but really, what else can they do?

If all works out, the lion will tire and the antelope will live to fish another day.  If all works out even better, the antelope will have gained some knowledge, strength, and courage to carry with it all of the rest of its life. 

Until next well,


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