And I remember thinking: Why am I here?
A boy watches a mother and child on the outside. He loved basketball and girls and math. One jumped out at me — it said jplamb. Many of them, he said, had been in touch for years.
The emotional labor of the project was intended to be almost reparative — a response to the transactional nature of the sperm bank and the financial exchange our parents made in order to create us.
Grayson Klages, 19, a college student in Portland, Ore. When I learned how to type in high school, the definitive rule was to leave two spaces after a period. Meeting all the siblings helped me see a little bit more clearly what my mom did and why she did it.
Later, as a private college essay consultant, I worked with students and parents at some top private schools before I became an admissions counselor for a small liberal arts college. Once, I heard a sibling laugh, and it was so much my own laugh that it made the hair on my neck stand up.
More than 50 pairings are in the book, which has a glow-in-the-dark cover a nod to the glow-in-the-dark stars on so many childhood ceilings. He soon found other community members who suffered the same fate.