Adopting Intentionally – Day 1
For 31 Days we are blogging about Adopting Intentionally. You can find an overview and links to daily posts here.
I first thought about adoption when I was six or seven and read the book The Family that Nobody Wanted with my mother. I was mesmerized by the story of a family being formed through adoption. I felt deep excitement for all of those siblings as they were welcomed into one family from different ethnic backgrounds and life circumstances. The story stayed with me.
I next remember thinking about adoption when I was eight and nine. I reveled in the rags to riches story and music of Annie singing with emotion behind the couch in my living room. And my heart broke and soared watching a movie called The Orphan Train (that is now on YouTube). Stories of children who did not have parents were absolutely heart breaking to me.
As a camp counselor in college we worked with children from a local orphanage, and all I wanted to do was adopt them all. And when I would see stories of Adoption on TV I felt like I had to watch it and at the very same time as if I needed to turn away, my heart felt so tethered to other’s stories.
I did wonder if I was meant to adopt.
There are stories of adoption all around us, children who have been adopted have stories, parents who adopt have stories, siblings, grand-parents, birth families all have stories. It is a thread woven into our communities. It can be visible and it can just as easily be invisible.
Have you seen the thread? Have you thought about it?
I invite you to a month of talking about it.
I challenge us to think about it, consider it.