I love the story of our adoption and how we were welcomed into the best family one could hope for. Maybe it won't be as cool to you but I'm writin' it so hopefully you'll find it at least a little entertaining. I'm also writing about this because I know some people that are trying to adopt right now. I only told them one piece of advice - don't ever try to hide the adoption from the child if you're blessed to get one (hello, that's an "after school TV special" waiting to happen). I can't think of one good reason why the new parents would hide it like it's the horrible family secret. Heck, a lot of folks in my extended family don't even think about it after years and years and say things like "you look so much like your mother I tell ya!" Or the funniest one when I was still growing was "well, we know you'll at least be around 5'7" like your mom!". Oddly, they were right...how weird is that?! I do have a strange theory about how we grow to look like the people we live with over the years but that's a whole different post and after a whole lotta wine (not really, I believe it even when I'm drinking coffee). Good Lord, I've strayed in thought again! I need a mental fishing pole so I can reel myself in more efficiently.
So, the story goes like this...
Once upon a time there was a wonderful couple that could not have any children. After a few years of marriage when they decided they were ready to add to their little family of two they knew exactly what they needed to do. After the couple (we'll call them Mom and Dad or my parents for this telling) filled out the necessary paperwork to adopt it was all about the waiting. They waited and waited and waited (a year and a half to be exact). Meanwhile an evil witch (we'll call her their neighbor...and she probably wasn't evil...my story) had put in an application to adopt as well sometime after my parents had. Still awaiting any news from their case worker my Mom saw the neighbor walking down the street pushing a stroller! A stroller! The neighbor wasn't practicing with a Cabbage Patch Kid...she was pushing a real live little baby!! How could this be? Why wouldn't they get a little one to add to their family first? How heart breaking for the wonderful couple. But the wise case worker handling their case had bigger plans for my parents - for she knew there was going to be a BOGO coming up soon...kidding...it was going to be double coupon day...again I joke. No, the case worker knew that my parents were good people and that soon she would be able to introduce them to not just one little baby girl, but two! And wouldn't you know, they were the most beautiful babies in all the land!! Okay, most all babies are adorable...what...ever. The wonderful couple was so happy. After a few meetings with the wise case worker and spending some time with the twin babies the day came that the little girls found a permanent warm and loving home. Everyone lived happily ever after.
The End <see below for extras>
Cut "Scenes" & Facts
1. The Mom got to walk down the street in front of the evil witch's house with a double stroller. Yes she did!
2. Everyone indeed lived happily ever after...with mostly normal, non-fairytale issues like all other real families.
3. The Mom tells the story much better than the author of this post and not at all like a corny fairytale.
4. No animals were intentionally hurt during the history of this tale, but a goldfish did overeat and explode about the same year that Atari became popular. Also, several wonderful dogs and one cat have passed through the families lives and they loved each one (even the cat).
5. The twins wore beautiful yellow dresses the day they found a forever-home! Fact: the younger twin looked the best in it.
There are some things that will not stay hidden forever and whether you want them to be or not, kids are curious creatures and the older they get the better they are at finding things. Furthermore, if they do find out later in life how would you expect them to feel? You only showed your child that you were embarrassed about having to adopt them! Tell them from day one and it will just part of who they are. My sister and I think it's a special "trait" to have. And bonus, we have our birthday and our adoption birthday - when we really started living. How awesome is that?! Wait, does that make me like 80 years old? I gotta go find a calculator...and a walker...maybe some prunes...