Mrs Negative

Mrs Negative embraces her tardy Positive. Life after IVF and loving the son I never thought I'd have.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Get the Party started...

Being a part of the "Reproductively Challenged" network has become one of my most rewarding experiences. I truly dig my infertile comrades. There is such a sense of belonging amongst us.

Blog reading & commenting is a social affair. It's like arriving at a party. The guests are all dressed identical. This symbolises our unity. The uniform of an infertile is a Brown Jumpsuit. Yes, Brown. Normally your attire would make you would feel paranoid, ugly, different to everyone else. But looking around the party seeing everyone else in their Brown Jumpsuits...you feel better. You are part of the norm. You are amongst friends. You look around and straight away you see people you know. There's Bugs, Nina, Paula, Lut...Hi! Where's Smarsh? Oh...there he is by the keg. He's chatting with Sparkle & Krista. The conversations flows easily, gossip is exchanged. "Did you hear about http://drewbaby.blogspot.com" Isn't it great? There's banter, high 5's & hugging. Every now & then there is a new face. You are introduced to a new Brown Jumpsuit wearer. "Have you met so & so?" Hi! Drink? Cracker? They are made to feel welcome & soon become part of the gang.
Amongst the familiar faces you notice that some have added a jazzy Orange Belt to their Brown Jumpsuit. The Orange Belt is admired & longed for. It symbolises pregnancy. Oooooh! Look at Jenny, Sandy & Mellie wearing their Orange Belts. So lovely! It doesn't clash with the Brown Jumpsuit. It just compliments them. Others are dancing. Their Brown Jumpsuit are well worn, their Orange Belts are a little faded but behold! They have an added bonus to their outfit.... White Leather Boots. The ultimate accessory! White Leather Boots symbolise a baby has arrived! Look at Ovagirl, Em & Dramalish in their White Leather Boots! Don't they look smashing! Work it girls!

It's not always fun at our parties however. We are battle worn. Our Brown Jumpsuits have seen us through crankiness & heartache. Many times over. See just over there in the dark corner? A group is huddling. Someone is sad. SBHH. One of us got bad news. A BFN, a miscarriage, a cancelled cycle. We all rush to comfort. We line-up & wait our turn to touch the wounded friend. We offer tissues, cuddles, kind words.....we say "Take your time. When you are up to it come & join us on the dancefloor again. We'll be waiting right here for you."

Then Spanglish bolts through the doors! "Quick! Everybody!" she bellows "A Troll somehow snuck into the party & is causing a ruckus in the kitchen!" We all unite! An army of Jumpsuited, Belt'n'Booted fury! We corner the troll & beat them into submission. Together we watch the troll run & a collective cheer errupts!

It's true. Brown Jumpsuits can actually be cool. Orange Belts are totally cool.
.....and White Leather Boots?
That's what keeps the party going. Beer?

107 Comments:

Blogger SmarshyBoy said...

This post is awesome! Why has no one else commented? I totally agree, this party rocks. At first I was shy being one of the only guys. Now I want all you ladies to myself.

In my case, I'll take a white Akubra hat instead of the boots.

And I think for our party's musical entertainment, You shoudl bang out some kick-ass drum solo.

15/9/06  
Blogger theoneliner said...

I second the solo.

I love this post...its so true.

I don't know about you....but I'm tired of being in the corner!

I tagged you, 'cause i'm annoying like that. (hey, you were the one who said you were needy.....)no pressure.

christina

15/9/06  
Blogger Thalia said...

What a totally fabulous post, it deserves to go in the hall of fame.

15/9/06  
Blogger Krista said...

Totally cool post. And man wouldn't I love for us to actually have that party. I would love it so bad I would actually be prepared to wear a brown jumpsuit.

I'm glad to have you too Mony, because if I have to wear the ugly brown jumpsuit, I am sure glad that there is a whole group of kick ass, rocking men and women wearing it with me. And I mean that in the same supportive way, not in a misery love company way.

15/9/06  
Blogger Spanglish said...

Brown, orange, and white are my new favorite colors... AMAZING post Mony.

15/9/06  
Blogger Chelsi said...

I love, love this post!!! The brown jumpsuit analogy is great....

15/9/06  
Blogger Mony said...

I knew you lot would "Get" this post. I just wish I could have named EVERYONE somewhere in the storyline. I hate leaving names out....but you know I love you all.

You don't have to ask twice for the drum solo. I have found my calling people. I AM a drummer. A double stroking, bass thumping, snare toting, hihatting, tom-tomming, crash cymbol fiend. Boom-Tish. Glad to have you at my Party. Now....step away from the kit and form a mosh-pit. On the count of 4...Rock Out. Sweat stains do not show up on Brown Jumpsuits. Yeah!

15/9/06  
Blogger Heather said...

Definitely need you on the drums.
Please tell me you are going to submit this post (as one of your many submissions...HINT HINT HINT) to the Big Book! It is too good not to submit!

15/9/06  
Blogger ellie said...

Thank goodness I look great in brown-- I hate being at a party in an outfit I don't look good in. Your drumming would fit well in our neighborhood- the guy next door does keyboards- here we have a guitar and a uke player-- and when the neighbor practices boxing then all the pups in the nieghborhood join into chorus!

15/9/06  
Blogger Ova Girl said...

great post mony. I am thrilled with my white leather boots but am unable to dance, I'm too busy taking them off to sniff the leather....

15/9/06  
Blogger serenity said...

Love this post - moshing with the rest right now - anyone up for crowd-surfing????

16/9/06  
Blogger Mellie said...

Oh Mony - You continue to rock the IF blogosphere. I love my brown jumpsuit and the orange belt. And I can't wait to see you in those white leather boots, jammin' hard.

Sending lots of love...

16/9/06  
Blogger Just another Jenny said...

This might be my very favorite post that I've ever read. I'm putting it my "must read" link section. When I started reading I thought "but I still feel like I have a brown jumpsuit" and then I got to your oh-so thoughtful orange belt section, and then the white boots just made me plain ole'cry. You amaze me - you really do. BEST POST EVER!!!!

16/9/06  
Anonymous flygirl said...

Fantastic post. Saw in Jenny's must reads. I love the whole jumpsuit thing. It really made me smile. What a wonderful sense of unity and community. Makes me proud.

16/9/06  
Blogger The Town Criers said...

Great post. And the jumpsuit even hides that injectibles belly bulge!

17/9/06  
Blogger Millie said...

I never thought I'd find a brown jumpsuit so attractive. Now if you can just tell me where I might find the white leather boots? I'd love to grab a pair.

Thanks for the fabo post and starting my day off with a big laugh.

18/9/06  
Blogger Lut C. said...

And don't we make the best cocktails!

This one is going into my Keep folder.

18/9/06  
Blogger Drew said...

Great post Mony, really cute.

The whole ttc/IF thing is such an incredibly lonely process (despite people keep telling you there are HEAPS of other people out there who finds it difficult to conceive). But thanks to the internet, and blogs & typepads, I finally found my comfort and peace, and friends who I can really count on.

Thanks hunny. :)

18/9/06  
Blogger SmarshyBoy said...

Drumroll please....You're TAGGED. See my blog for details.

19/9/06  
Blogger seattlegal said...

What a great post! I loved it!

19/9/06  
Anonymous Sparkle said...

Oooh I can't wait till I can get my orange belt and white boots!!

Meanwhile, look how much fun we have at parties - hic.

19/9/06  
Blogger Alli said...

Wow - that is wonderfully written. This is a party. I'm going up to the bar - want anything?!

20/9/06  
Blogger Piccinigirl said...

that is a great way to look at it, and brown jumpsuits really are the MUST have this fall, I'm still trying to find the orange belt.

In the meantime, can I have a COSMO?

20/9/06  
Blogger Hope548 said...

Great post!

21/9/06  
Blogger Courtney said...

What a great post ... thank you! We are a very unique community that no matter what you go through you always remain part of it.

21/9/06  
Blogger Mel said...

I am still waiting for my orange belt. Maybe soon, but either way, it's nice to know I belong. Thank you for this post.

21/9/06  
Blogger StellaNova said...

I so want some white leather boots!! I used to have some when I was about 19-20. I eventually gave them away when I decided they were no longer fashionable. Maybe that was my mistake ... all those years ago.

21/9/06  
Blogger Sandy said...

I want white leather boots too! Thanks for this great post Mony. I, as one of many, think you are amazingly cool.

22/9/06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it. Great writing.

Well said.

22/9/06  
Blogger Jen said...

I just love, love this post! I kind of feel like the new girl who doesn't quite belong because 1) I haven't been wearing the brown suit long enough, and 2) I'm a mom already and well, maybe I don't deserve to be invited? I'm not sure how others feel but I know I relate to all of you so much and want to be part of the party too :) I hope you'll accept me...!

27/9/06  
Blogger SmarshyBoy said...

Mony...where are you? Everything OK?

27/9/06  
Blogger Em said...

What an awesome post and look, you got heaps of comments!! I love ya Mony!

27/9/06  
Blogger Mari said...

Hi I came via Eggs and I wanted to say what an awesome post!! After donning on my white leather boots part of me felt that I was no longer welcome to wearing the brown jumpsuit...but thank you for setting my mind at ease!!

28/9/06  
Blogger N said...

Oh so I am so late commenting to this fabulous wonderful fantastico super post. I'm even named in it, am I? How many Ninas are out there. Whatever, it is a great boot. Don't we all look gorgeous in our jump suits?

What a party. This must be the best pary ever.

Love you! Thanks for writing this. I'm getting into the groove now :D

/N

29/9/06  
Blogger baby said...

oh, you've made me all nostalgic for 1985. when I did in fact have a brown cotton jumpsuit. which I often tied with a gaily coloured scarf (probably not orange). but my boots weren't white. they were black suede, ankle-height, and tied a the back with shoelaces.

and silver? yep, there was a lot of silver then too: silver headscarves, even silver jackets. never thought of a silver lining...

29/9/06  
Blogger WonderMama said...

I love this post!!!
Thalia is right, it deserves to go in the hall of fame- Right along with Mare's infertility island and Maneula's infertile summer camp.

I have a question though, what do we wear if already got the white boots but are starting the whole process over again?

5/10/06  
Blogger steph said...

I'm wearing a tan jumpsuit because I am officially retiring my brown one. Still hanging around the party and DaRINKIN!
Great analogy. I use them all the time and truly appreciate when someone else has the ability to sum things up this way!
Party on!

11/10/06  
Blogger Rumour Miller said...

I am an extremely late comer to this post (and party - I guess). I am one of the newbies that you all have welcomed so nicely.

This post really does say it all...

21/10/06  
Anonymous Flicka said...

Mony, this is an awesome post! I'm loving my brown jumpsuit...and everyone else's too. Thanks so much for writing this. (Hey, do we adopters get a special article of clothing?)

15/9/07  
Blogger Vee said...

Bravo ! Bravo !
This wonderful Mony, I love it !

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