5 Wonderful Things Adoption Has Brought Into My Life

Things have been heavy around this blog lately. And while I’m still aware of the loss and issues adoption brings, it has brought some wonderful things into my life as well.

1. The sweetest smile of the most charming boy I’ve ever met. I feel so honored to be this little guy’s mom. I hate all of the loss that he has had to endure to bring him here, but he is a wonderful addition to our family. My hope is that we can do our best to help him develop into the man he was meant to be.

2. Connection to another culture. Americans, by and large, are very insulated. Now I have a link to another culture. For me it’s fun to learn about the history of another country, challenging to work on learning a language that’s completely different, and intriguing to learn about the customs and practices that vary so greatly from the ones I’ve known growing up.

3. New friends. Both far and near I’ve met some amazing women (and men, too) who have become my supporters and encouragers, as I have theirs (I hope). After a couple of years struggling to find other adoptive parents who share my views, I’ve now found my niche.

4. More awareness of racial issues. Now that my eyes are open to the racial issues in our country, I honestly don’t know how I missed it before. It’s not an easy knowledge to have when so many deny the existence of racial problems, but I know I’m a better person now that I have this intellectual understanding of something I’ve never experienced.

5. More compassion and a better understanding of who I am. Maybe it’s just approaching 40 or maybe it’s becoming a mom or maybe it’s a combination of the two. But in the three years since our son came home, I’ve gotten to know myself better–the good, the bad and the ugly. Introspection is a difficult road, but I believe it’s necessary for me to become the mom I’m supposed to be.

1 Response to “5 Wonderful Things Adoption Has Brought Into My Life”

  1. October 18, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I could not agree more. Our son is biracial, black & white. Eveyone one of your 5 things I have felt. It is unbelievable the amount of prejudice that this country is still dealing with. I work in an inner city school, so I was very aware of most of the racial issues surrounding the african american community. Having our son, has opened my husband’s eyes. At first he didn’t believe me, until our son came home from school saying that some children had said he couldn’t play with them because his skin was brown. What year is this? Where did that come from? How did some 5 yr. olds come up with that? Yes, it’s still out there. Thanks for helping to shed some light on the problem.

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