January 13, 2012


I like to think of myself as an open book. Ask me something and more often than not, I'll answer. Even if I don't want to answer the question I'll respond in some way. Still, sometimes I have difficulty in talking about certain things. Not for fear of judgment or something of that nature. But possibly the fear that I'm too open. That's possible of course and sometimes I worry that I'm guilty of it. And even though I fear I'm going to cross the line and be too open with you guys, I also feel that you'll understand my need to purge these feelings, as incoherent as they may be.

So what has me so troubled? My 16 year old sister is pregnant. Even typing that sentence was somewhat terrifying. It's real. It's not her begging for attention and being dramatic. Fortunately, I guess, there was no shock factor for me. My brother (14) called me before Thanksgiving and told me. I was shocked then. I was freaked out then. I was dreading telling my mom then. And then after I was home for the weekend, my brother told me that my sister said something to my mom, however she changed the story of how it happened to something less than honest. In any event, I felt relief at not having to have this conversation. As far as I was concerned, my mom knew, she would deal with it. Very un-family like, I know. Selfish of me? Perhaps. I do know I was hoping it wasn't real.

Today my dad asks if I've talked to my mom recently. I said no and was told to call him. So I did. He tells me she is... and she's 5 months along. I really didn't know what to say. I mean, I'm at work. So as sarcastic as I am, the only thing I could muster was a very disgusted "Awesome." What else am I supposed to say? There's no etiquette guide for something like this. My feelings are all over the place.

I'm so angry at her. For getting herself in this situation because she has zero regard for thought. She doesn't think about cause and effect. She thinks only of here and now with no care as to what consequences there may be. This part of my just wants to yell at her.

I'm scared for her. She's 16. Has no job. Is in high school. The guy is away at some job corp thing ( I don't even know). Neither has a car. He doesn't even have his GED. Obviously neither has money. I mean, just  W. T. F.   This part of me wants to hug her.

I'm disappointed with her. How could she be so careless? How could she let this happen? Doesn't she understand how hard her lief is going to be now? How much money this costs? Doesn't she know what she's done? This part of me cries for her.

I just don't know... what to do. What to say. How to feel.

I feel lost.


  1. Ah, I'm so sorry you're dealing with this! Unexpected pregnancies always bring about conflicted feelings, it seems like. :(

  2. Woah. Sorry you have to deal with all these things. Hopefully things will work out and your sister will be smart enough to handle this responsibility like an adult. I'm sorry you have to shoulder all these feelings. But we're here to listen whenever you need to get it out <3 xx

  3. AbeerfortheshowerJanuary 16, 2012

    I don't have siblings, so I can't imagine what it's like to deal with this, but I know it can't be easy. I don't know how conservative your family is, but I hope they aren't planning a shotgun wedding because of this. I say this because my wife has a younger friend (shes' 20) who got pregnant by her drug dealer, and was forced to marry him. Not only are they absolutely miserable, but they are now the epitome of trailer trash. You can just tell that she's never going anywhere in life.

    I say this not to scare you, but because I wouldn't want to see your sister on the same path... 16, pregnant, unhappily married. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

  4. I'm so sorry, darlin'. Going through this sucks. And she's got a long, hard road ahead of her. I don't blame you for wanting to simultaneously lash out, to hug her, to comfort her, to scream "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!?" This sucks. But it happened. And now your family has to deal with it. So I think it's incredibly honest that you're hashing out all those goddamn emotions here. BECAUSE YOU HAVE THEM. Because no one is going to wake up all Miss Suzy Sunshine and go   It's Okay! I'll Support Her Without Question, Without Anger, Without Confusion! IT SUCKS. And you're right, there is no protocol. There is no So You Just Found Out Your Teenage Sister Made a Life-Altering Mistake and Now She's Pregnant pamphlet. 

    But if there was, I would totally share it with you.

  5. This made me laugh. There needs to be pamphlets for these sort of things. Or a least a card. Hallmark could make billions if they'd only tap into the super-snark industry.