Screaming INFERTILE

Today, one of my students started a conversation that I never thought a seventh grader would engage in-- he asked me if I will ever adopt a child.

I don't know why he assumed I can't have children. I definitely don't talk about infertility with my students, no do I suspect he has any evidence of it. But, today, he asked if I would ever adopt a child because he was sure I would be good at being a mom since I would be "just strict enough."

I didn't get angry, I didn't get upset, and honestly, it didn't really bother me. I told him it was a very personal question to ask someone and I shrugged it off with a "who knows what life has in store for any of us" kind of comment. But, as I am prone to do, his comment pushed me into more thought.

Is there something about me that just screams INFERTILE? How did he know?

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  1. Yikes! That comment would make me paranoid, too. At least he thinks you'd be a good mom?

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  2. Oh the things kids say -- even in the 7th grade! Sounds like you handled it really well. It's so hard when people put us fertile-y challenged people in the spot light like that. It's happened to me more times than I can count.

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    1. I usually handle it with grace... I've practiced during my nearly decade long teaching career. But, some days are harder than others, that's for sure!

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  3. Ouch! I know that stung! There is nothing that take the sting out that comment. Those kind suck monkey butt. (Hugs)

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    1. Thanks! He's a good kid, so I know it came from a good place. It's just a crazy coincidence with the IF.

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  4. That precious student must think so highly of you! The things that kids come up with crack me up!

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    1. I always think I connect more than kids because I teach English. They have to open themselves up and be vulnerable in writing, so I learn more about them. In turn, I guess they feel more comfortable asking me questions.

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  5. Kids intuition? Or maybe he just saw something about adoption on tv and it was on his mind!

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    1. Who knows? Sometimes they come up with the most random stuff!

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