This is the only part of your piece that gives me pause. It is hard to feel sympathy for your grieving process and the lack of a support system when you so casually throw out a comment about subsequent unplanned and unwanted pregnancies you helped to create but did not grieve over. You don’t mention a number. Was it 2? 7? 20? In 1986 I was 13 years old. Still younger than you by a few years…but I know one thing.

I know condoms existed.

I know that after one girl becomes pregnant, and you feel pain at the loss of possibility that was attached to that pregnancy, there’s a pretty sure-fire way to avoid a repeat performance, but apparently, that wasn’t important enough to you.

I hope you at least paid for the procedures.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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