At the Felicity Birth Services reunion Auntie Ana takes photos of your wandering nursing hands, your cozy knit hat. You chew absentmindedly on a chunk of celery and watch the other babies crawl; a chicken dips its beak into my soup; we all huddle round a fire and cheer as Cheyanne accepts a cherry tree as gift. Poor repayment for eight lives brought into this world this last year, but then, what could begin to stand recompense for such treasure?

January 17, 2015