Mark Twain once wrote “It’s no wonder
Truth is stranger than fiction.
Fiction has to make sense”
And therein lies a core belief.
If I wrote a fiction novel
about an unmarried woman,
living with her parents,
with six children
under the age of ten,
who deliberately was impregnated
with 8 embryos because
she wanted more children,
who would believe it?
Who would buy such a book?
And yet–here in California
there is such a woman
who gave birth to 8 infants about
nine years ago and became a celebrity
with people flocking to see her or her
children, and giving her presents,
a house, no less.
Then strangers began furnishing it
with the help of Dr. Phil.
the news media labeled her “Octomom”
I called her ‘Stranger than fiction”
Sandra Lee Smith
Originally posted March 2009. revised 7-6-18.