After reviewing my application and exhausting every possible email inquiry about my family history and personal life, I got the good news that every potential egg donor wants to hear: the law firm orchestrating my donation decided they wanted to meet me in person! It was my big shot, my chance to shine. I felt like I was being called up from the minors to the big leagues.
The meeting was arranged for a local Starbucks, and I made it a point to dress professionally. This is, after all, a business arrangement. It just happens to be a business arrangement involving my ovaries.
The ladies who met me were extremely warm and friendly, and made me feel at ease as they discussed an overview of the process and then started asking me rehashed questions from the written application in order to hear my answers in person (good thing I can express myself well through oral advocacy - law school for the win!). In general, the meeting was what I expected, except for one comment that got me to thinking. At one point, one of the lawyers asked me if my teeth were so white naturally. While smiling and answering the question, I was struck once again by the absurdity of this situation. Here I was, in the year 2011, having my physical traits evaluated with a large sum of cash on the line. I know I’ve talked about it before, but it was the defining moment in this entire process where I felt a bit like I was a stud horse at auction, up for the highest bidder.
The moment was fleeting, and I have yet again to feel something similar. But it was there nonetheless and something that brings a chuckle when I remember it. In the end, my whitening trays thankfully weren’t a deal breaker.