Lena turns ten today. She is spectacular. And I am very lucky—these days, it seems, very, very lucky—to be able to report that her presence in our lives was totally our decision. Twice.
She is appalled that we even considered not having a third baby—not having her. But I know one day she will value the same freedom of choice. If we still have it.
I wrote and recorded this essay years ago, for the Northeast Public Radio program 51%. Mysteriously, it never got on the air.