Stuck In A Single Identity

My identity is tied up in my singleness, my childlessness, and I’m not sure I want to let that go.

Emily J. Smith

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Photograph by Christophe Dutour/Unsplash

“If I were to have kids,” I tell my therapist, “I would feel like I’m betraying my tribe.” I laugh as I say it, aware of how ridiculous it sounds. She stares back at me from my dirt-speckled screen, a familiar face I have yet to meet in person. What I’m…

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Emily J. Smith

Writer and tech professional. My debut novel, NOTHING SERIOUS, is out Feb '25 from William Morrow / HarperCollins (more at emjsmith.com).