By: Humans of Calvert County, Sarah Merranko & Anita Santoyo

“I had always planned on having kids, but when I was 39 and single, I realized I might need to do it on my own. I met with a doctor to discuss my options and to really think about if I wanted to do this bad enough to do it alone. After a year and a half, my daughter was born in 2016.

The thing I worry about the most is whether or not I will be enough for her, especially since I know I won’t be able to give her a sibling. It will always just be the two of us. She seems okay with that, but sometimes I question myself a little bit.

My dad died last year after a lengthy battle with cancer. He wasn’t really expressive, but I always knew that he loved seeing me become a mother. When they came to the hospital he was grinning from ear-to-ear. I think he really wanted this for me before I knew I wanted it for myself.

I would describe her as smart, creative, inquisitive, kind, and funny. She definitely has my sense of humor, and my mom’s too. We share a similar laugh too, and I think we all have the same kind of shared optimism about life. At least I hope she’s optimistic like me, since I know I would have never had her if I wasn’t optimistic that it would all work out!”


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...