Sunday, November 4, 2007

NaBloPoMo Day #4.2 - National Adoption Awareness Month

Can you believe it? Two posts in a day! Amazing!

Anyway, you may have noticed that my blog looks a little different today. I've changed most of the background colors to shades of purple in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month! Yay!

In my world, every month has ALWAYS been Adoption Awareness Month, but it's nice to see some slightly more formal recognition. I was blessed to have been adopted at birth and doubly blessed to have adopted my boys at ages "almost 4" and 2.5 just over three years ago. Over the years, I've always looked at my adoption as something that was positive and wonderful, never something to be hidden or embarassed about. When people look at short, not-skinny me and then look at my tall, very skinny mom and ask how we can look so different, I simply tell them that I'm adopted. Same with my boys..... HandsomeBoy, the older son, looks quite a bit like me and EXACTLY like my husband - no one ever looks at him and thinks adoption. CutiePie, the younger son, however, is ethnically Roma (Gypsy to you) and we get comments and looks all the time. To American eyes, he looks South American or Indian. The most common question I hear is "Are they brothers?" Which I suppose is a safe way of asking "what's the deal?" because it could also mean "is the little one a family friend who happens to be here with you today?"

Anyway, that's just a long way of saying how proud and happy I am to have been touched so personally by adoption! If you have any questions about adoption or my experience of being adoption or adopting my children, please feel free to ask me! If you have any thoughts about adopting a child yourself, take the opportunity of National Adoption Awareness Month to get more information about adoption! You never know-- it may be the best thing you ever do!

Proud Adoptee and Adopted Mom


Nancy the Romancechick said...

Yea! Adoption!

Anjali said...

Great post!

Lea said...

My two sons are 6 weeks apart in age, adopted from Volgograd Russia in January of this year. People are always asking me if they are twins and I always tell them, no they are six weeks apart. Of course, that normally brings about questions of how that happened, so I usually end up saying that my husband and I built/formed our family through adoption and that we adopted the boys from Russia in January. I feel very good about this but I wonder how the boys will feel when they are old enough to understand what is being said. I wonder if they will not want me telling people, at some point. What was your experience?

Chaotic Mom said...

I had NOT CLUE it was National Adoption Awareness month! I'm adopted, too. ;)

I MISS you guys!

Mommy Brain said...

Adoption rocks!

Great post and I like the new look in honor of the month.

Also, thanks for the very generous offer of toddler beds. We decided to go with crib tents and it appears to be working out. Thanks though, you're so sweet!

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Hugs, Esther

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