Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Yup, it's more Hallmark Rejects!

We saw this cartoon in the November 23, 2009 New Yorker, and I figured that the card shopper must be an infertile. I mean, really, just take a look at her pained expression:



So Will and I decided to, um, "improve" the cartoon a bit to suit our fancy.

Here's the new "Mo and Will" version. What do you think?



Sometimes, despite my best intentions, envy creeps in when I hear another's good news. This is most often the case when it seems they just breezed into parenthood or don't have enough gratitude for their good fortune.

Can any of you out there relate?

I wish there were a way to make myself feel some other way. Other people's successes have nothing to do with my own failure.

Seeing this cartoon made me laugh with recognition at a reaction of mine I'm not very proud of.
Thank goodness for humor even in infertility!

Mo

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22 comments:

  1. I TOTALLY relate. But I just assumed I felt that way because I'm a bad person.

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  2. Tinged with envy is exactly right. It's a happy-sad feeling.

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  3. I totally relate!

    You both are too clever! Love your posts! Haven't been as good at commenting lately - but know that I read (and love!) every one!

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  4. Oh yeah. A bit eerie that this one came pretty much ready-made. That artist is totally one of us.

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  5. Oh yeah. A bit eerie that this one came pretty much ready-made. That artist is totally one of us.

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  6. Totally relate!! They definitely should have this at Hallmark. They would get my business. :)

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  7. I guess I'm a really horrible person because mine would say "Downright green and bitter with envy" rather than just tinged. I moved past 'tinged' after IVF failure #2, or was that 3?

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  8. I'm so green with envy that I'm ready for Christmas year round. Thanks for yet another laugh.

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  9. This is my favorite Hallmark Reject EVER!! Thanks for the laugh!

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  10. COMPLETELY! Right now, I have 3 "friends" (not really close) that we are due the same week I was. I have found that I am blocking them from FB and trying desperately to avoid much correspondence in general. Sad, but, true.

    But, yes, I've always had a tinge of the ugly green monster. Don't mean to...it just happens. I think it's natural in ANYONE who has had issues with fertility.

    LOVE the cartoon!

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  11. I can relate. Envy is so hard to feel, especially when it comes with the internal "oh, I shouldn't feel blah blah" beat-up.

    And I agree with sprog, that cartoonist knows IF.

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  12. Your rendition is PERFECT!! Ha! So funny!

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  13. I automatically thought infertility/baby crap with the original cartoon. Though I suppose (reluctantly) that it can also apply to other things (congrats on your engagement - why can't I find a man, congrats on the new job - mine sucks ). But when childbearing has consumed your every thought for so long, you just don't think of the other stuff off the bat.
    I think Sprogblogger might have pegged it.

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  14. I'm so with you on the envy thing...even for my really good friends who I totally love. I mean...come on....why does it have to be so hard for some? Anyhoo...the cartoon is hillarious. Thanks for another great laugh!

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  15. How about 'Overwhelmed with envy'? I can so relate. A good friend of mine had a baby in August that I have yet to meet. She's lives about a 5 min. drive from me. Sometimes I feel guilty about it, but mostly I just want to remain somewhat sane and to do so, I can't see the babies.

    Love the Hallmark Rejects. Never stop please.

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  16. I completely relate. My husband's cousin just sent us a holiday newsletter announcing that she's pregnant and complaining about it upending her and her new husband's lives. This is the same woman who tells me I need to hurry up and have kids before I'm too old even though SHE had fertility issues in her first marriage and adopted. BAH!

    Is it wrong to hope that she can't loose the baby weight?

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  17. I am STILL envious (and not a bit bitter) when people sail into parenthood.

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  18. That cartoon was cut out and put on the refrigerator immediately when we saw it in the NYer. I love your modification!

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  19. I love it! Both versions are great! I may make it my new desktop background.

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  20. Yes, can totally relate. I'm 13 weeks into a new pregnancy and still feel bitter towards every prego I see. I guess I'm mostly bitter because of all I've been through (loss at 23 1/2 weeks) and the fact that I do not know if this one will live either. Keep em' comin!

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  21. Yes, yes, yes. Totally relate.

    Thanks for the laugh!

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