Harris County Courthouse

“Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.” I thought about Hugh MacKay’s quote after I read the story of the pregnant teen in Texas who’s suing her parents to prevent a forced abortion. I know Texas has some good people, including members of my own family but, OMG, what a state.

So I read this story about the teen who takes her parents to court in order to have her baby and I thought back to a recent trip to a social media website where I saw a picture of an old boyfriend whom I hadn’t seen in over 30 years. As I looked at the pictures on his website, I came across one of his daughters who was now a beautiful adult with a successful career, baby and husband who appeared to be nice. This young lady was also one of the reasons that I had ended an engagement. Her father was my fiancé who entered into a relationship with her mother while I was in college and also dated yet another woman at the same time. Two’s company; three was a crowd and four people was absolutely ridiculous. It was time to move on.

My former fiancé’s “baby’s mama” made a recent comment on the website that having this “baby” was probably the best thing she ever did in her life although (not surprising), she and my former fiancé inevitably went their separate ways. I couldn’t agree more as I looked at pictures that chronicled her daughter’s life.

I don’t know what will be the outcome in Texas as the pregnant teen fights her parents to avoid having an abortion. But I do hope that the same people who are advocating on her behalf will also be there to help once the baby is born. I also hope that her parents realize that certain actions and precautions need to be done, if they don’t want to see her get pregnant again.

Life is indeed messy — but also beautiful.