My little boy heard me despairing about Trump's inhumane policy against refugees this morning. "What's a refugee?" he asked me. "It's someone who is running away from terrorism and they need another home because their home is broken" I told him. "So they come here" he said. "Well, New Zealand is far away and we don't take many refugees, there's only a few places". "Why?" He asked. And I couldn't figure out what to tell him. The refugee quota in New Zealand is arbitrary and makes no sense. It's not based on anything. He said to me "but there is room". And I said - "well yes, but the prime minister makes those decisions". "Well, call the pry inster" - Eddie said. "It's not that simple honey". I tried to explain. "But there's room" he kept saying. "They can come here because there's only one at a time and every house can just have one if is not a big house" I was confused and said - well, there's families. Suddenly he looked at me horrified - "but how do you have no home when you are a little?" He rushed to his room and cleared space in his bed - "a refugee little boy and little girl can sleep here" and then he pushed some toys off the ground - "a mama for them can sleep here". He rushed into the baby's room - "here can be a dad and a baby". "See?" He said. He raced to the door and opened it. "See, just open the door".
I cried actual tears when I read this. It's no small thing to know I'm connecting in a such positive way with so many people, and helping to empower them in their own kitchens. You guys and your beautiful posts, messages, emails and photos mean the world to me. Never stop <3
"Why do Kiwis, going about their lives as best they can, have to fight every step of the way to preserve what is their right against a billionaire developer from another country and a complicit government?" http://bit.ly/2lj7UXV
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For those of you who read my book Misconception, you'll know it ended mid-story. Today I have finished that story.... after a lot of thinking, over a long period of time, I have signed the papers to give up my donor sperm. We pay for it to be stored and every time I get the bill, I feel a little bit sad. We tried a few times with the sperm, but I was exhausted and couldn't do it anymore. Dom and I have accepted that bearing a baby will not happen for me, and I am at peace with that. My donor will have a say as to what happens with his sperm now. For those of you on the journey, I wish you the very best of luck. Everyone's path is different so please don't compare yourself to me. Oh, and don't worry about me. I'm not feeling sorry for myself at all. I'm actually quite happy about the decision. As Beyonce says, "when life throws you lemons, make lemonade!"