After years of traveling, figuring out who I was and intermittent stretches of dating unavailable men, I hit 37 wondering where the time went. As a fellow single friend put it "It's as if I forgot to set the alarm on my biological clock and slept through my 30s." I woke up in a panic. What if I missed my chance to have a family?
The evolution of women's rights has propelled tens of millions of bright and talented women into the workforce over the past several decades -- a very good thing. But there have also been unintended consequences, among them a dramatic surge in the number of women who do not have children, whether by choice or happenstance.
Today, I know so many women and men who desperately want to experience that very same joy. In just a few short days, an embryo will be implanted within Tara's uterus, formed by a loving mother and father who are unable to create a baby without Tara's help. And so, for Tara, I have written this prayer.