You never know where your week will take you. On Monday I was fretting about what a bitch I am when it comes to other people's pregnancies and by Tuesday night, I'm storming into Operation Pomegranate.
Yes, divine Ms. C, you did use the term "fun" to discuss something related to infertility (gasp!). Not as much fun as donning knee-high boots and accompanying a husband into the sperm palace, but fun nonetheless. Not just fun--community-building. A way to not ruin someone else's coffee break with the casual movement of a wrist. A way to identify with someone else standing in line at the movie theater.
A way for all of us to just start talking about it. With everyone. And putting it out there. And not making miscarriage a dirty word. And not whispering that we're infertile. And putting the real facts out there so that I'm not faced with one more idiot telling me that I'm going to have seventeen children if I (gasp) utilize A.R.T. And a way to explain to people that yes, they are my real children. And yes, that is offensive. And yes, it's much more common than you think.
So my visual was obviously constructed with Microsoft Paint. Which makes it look like it was constructed with...Microsoft Paint. Which may or may not be a terrible thing. It's a place to get started. So--simple design (a twist of string, a string twisted into the shape of a pomegranate, a string...doing stringy things?) and a simple message. That cannot be Stirrup Queens Unite. And I'll tell you why.
Because there are Sperm Palace Jesters. And there are babies conceived with A.R.T. (and I would think DI Dad could have used something like that--a little string tied around baby's ankle that would make everyone in the waiting room say to themselves, "aaah...secondary IF after primary IF"). But saying "Stirrup Queens, Sperm Palace Jesters, and A.R.T. babies...Unite!" seemed a bit too long. Therefore...
If people do not like the visual (and the visual is pretty much solely to post on your sidebar to educate others about Operation Pomegranate), someone needs to step up and make another one because I've exhausted my computer graphic skills at this point. My very very limited computer graphic skills. That extend solely to Microsoft Paint.
AND we need to come up with a slogan that goes along the bottom. Something inclusive. Something catchy. Something that could become the rallying cry of the Land of If. All suggestions accepted from now until Thursday at 9 a.m. Voting will commence from 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday (all Eastern Standard Time). Unless there is a pretty unanimous movement towards one posted suggestion. In that case, we'll all just be lazy and go with that one. Did I say lazy? Well, that is our right.
If I were more computer savvy, I would also set up a poll to do this, but I must accept who I am. We must vote on whether to go with #814 or #718 (see the comments on Raise Your Right Hand--Unite for details if you're just joining us). So voting is open between now and 9 a.m. on Thursday. Cast your vote for one of these two colours.
Now go be creative!