Adoption This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   I am adopted, and when a friend finds out, at first, he or she tends not to believe me.

"But you, your brother and your mother look so much alike!"

When I tell my friend my brother is adopted too, my friend gets nervous, asking a million-and-two questions about it, but unsure if it is a proper subject. I cannot speak for every adopted person, but most of the adopted people I know, including myself, don't mind talking about it.

We don't normally feel that someone gave us away; we feel special! My parents waited for years before they got me, and I still love hearing my mother tell the joyful tale of the day she got "the call" telling her about me. And I remember and love to tell my 12-year-old brother the day we got our second call. I have a baby book like other children, but to me, mine holds a world more! My mother filled it with stories of my first day home, how my father, then my grandfather, took me around to show me off. To me it is an honor and a special privilege to be adopted, and I always remember what I said to a boy in the second grade, when he made fun of me because I was adopted.

"Your mother got stuck with you, but my mother got to choose me!

So, ask on, I'd love to tell more of my stories.n


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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MetallixRose said...
May 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm
The second to last line seriously bugged me. Are you syaing it's bad to be born? I'm respecting that you're adopted and you use that to boost your self-esteem, but that bugged me. I'd like to think my parents were happy that I became their BIOLOGICAL daughter.
 
blackliptz replied...
Aug. 18, 2011 at 4:05 am

She was in second grade? Just saying. I don't think it was meant to offend someone years later. I don't think the point of a second grader's mind is to intentionally belittle being someone's biological child. It also bothers me that you chose to capitalize "biological," also making it seem as if you think that being adopted is inferior. Just an opinon... 

(Note: I am also adopted, not that it should matter either way, I just happened to notice)

 
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