Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Other Side of Adoption

"Adopted. Big deal;
so was Superman."
(Chris Crutcher; Whale Talk)

Child adoption is a wonderful thing. I have family and friends who, for various reasons, have chosen to adopt their children as opposed to having biological ones. I'm sure we all know of such beautiful and selfless people.

Jodi Picoult in Handle with Care wrote, "Since I was five, I've known that I was adopted, which is a politically correct term for being clueless about one's origins."  On a more serious note, Bob Constantine said, "I have four children. Two are adopted. I forget which two." Someone else once said, "There are no unwanted children, just unfound families." Beautiful!

Sometimes when the children get a little older, the parents feel it is time to have that important chat an let their adopted child know that they are, in fact, adopted. It can be an emotional time, and sometimes the outcome can be anyone's guess.

I read of one such discussion going something like this:
FATHER: "Son, we have to talk." 
SON: "Sure, Dad, what is it?" 
FATHER: "Your mother and I feel that it's time we told you that you were adopted." 
SON: "What?! Really???" 
FATHER: "Yup. You had better get yourself ready; they'll be here to pick you up in half an hour."
Bet you didn't see that one coming. LOL. Doesn't that just bring a tear of joy to your eye? I wonder how many parents of teenagers haven't thought of having a parent/teenager talk like that a time or ten? Come on parents, admit it; you're imagining it too.

Well there you have it; The Other Side of Adoption. LOL.


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