Archive for March 2017

Evolution of a Temper Tantrum, In Scraps of Paper

Scene: A family with three children enters a busy restaurant, where they are meeting their cousins for dinner. It is 5:15 pm. The six-year-old is tired and grumpy after a long but awesome day at the Adler Planetarium. Child, starting to scream: “I hate this restaurant. I’m not going to eat here.” Mother: “I’m sorry... Read more »

Preparing to Watch "This Is Us" Finale

My husband and I have been watching This Is Us with our thirteen-year-old daughter. It is not an easy show to watch. Like the parents on the show — Jack and Rebecca — my husband and I have two biological children and one child through adoption. Our thirteen-year-old was adopted as a baby – not... Read more »

For My Daughter's Birth Mother: YOU Are the Ray of Light

Her light brown hair was pulled back into a ponytail. That was the first thing I noticed about M. The differences between us were glaring; we were careworn beings from two alternate worlds, suddenly thrust together in a strange, confusing universe. If a thousand terrible factors hadn’t come together in each of our lives, we would... Read more »