There are many things about the adoption process that bug me. Many. Perhaps the reason they are weighing on me now is because we are in the thick of it and I am seriously overwhelmed.
What has bothered me the most recently is the polar opposite reaction to Mimi and her special needs.
I have heard things you would never, ever, ever ask a pregnant woman. For all intensive purposes, we are pregnant, people. Except we have no due date. And are dealing with three different governments. But its kinda the same. Just imagine a bucket of paper in front of my tummy if that helps give you a visual. Except, no we aren’t pregnant. So this makes it a bit abstract, doesn’t it.
The most common question, “If you get there and she has more than they’ve shared, will you say no? You can say no, right?”
I’ve answered the question matter-of-factly with “Yes, if it’s not a good match, we can say no.” It is truth that is a possibility if you are looking at this through a sterile lens of insensitivity. We have the option, per our rights as adoptive parents in this process and how Bulgaria’s program works, we can say no.
But we won’t.
And we don’t want to.
We will not say no.
And please, please, please, I ain’t too proud to beg, please stop asking me this.
Because when you do, you forget that this is my daughter you are talking about. You are turning her into a “headache” rather than the gentle human life she is. She is a real person, with a heart, and feelings, and a longing for a family that she probably doesn’t even realize is within her.
Remember my Perfect post? Yes. I do believe this was my introduction of Mimi to all of you without me knowing at the time.
Imagine being handed a checklist. A checklist in which you choose the type of child you are open to. You can have all the medical technology in the world, the miracle of human life is that there are always surprises. Beautiful, expected, unexpected, and sad. They still exist. When a woman births a child, she does not hand that child over simply because she has a birthmark. She does not say no to that child when he or she is diagnosed with a childhood cancer. We just don’t do that. We do not deny children families and love because of their diagnoses-whenever they are given.
So why is it different in adoption? There is such a dumb, for lack of a better word, assumption that you get to choose your child in adoption. Therefore it is easier? Haha, um, no. I find this round, with knowing the child’s needs upfront, much more difficult. Please don’t misunderstand me as saying that we didn’t think long and hard about what medical needs we felt we’d be able to parent. We did. We thought long and hard and knew it would be a big concern for our social worker and agencies as to how we would hand X, Y, or Z. But how do you handle things in life? You either handle them or you don’t. Fight or Flight? We are fighting people.
I almost feel selfish being able to fill out ye ‘ol medical needs checklist. Will you accept this? Will you accept this?
I have a deep love for this child. Visceral. Did you feel that when your child was growing in your womb? I bet you did. I feel it too-in my heart. Love is unconditional, isn’t it? I have grieved for this child. Oh, have I grieved. Reading your child was abandoned is something you can’t quite describe. I grieved for her the day we accepted her referral. I cried and literally shook for her. I listened to this song, and this song, texted my dear, close mama friends, and prayed like I’ve never prayed before. The phone call came with the question of our decision, and we stepped out on the edge.
I grieved the same for AJ, except I was a wreck in the midst of his doctor's appointments, therapies, and bonding. We came in on the back road, detour, dirt road, alleyway, when it came to AJ. We had no idea what we were in for. And now here we are, with this amazing little boy who has taught us more than you could ever imagine. We will love this little girl for who she is. Plain and simple.
No, I’m not sure how the logistics will work having AJ’s needs and Mimi’s needs together under one roof. Right now, we are focusing our attention on AJ and doing everything we can to get his little sister home. I have no doubt it will be difficult. I also have no doubt it will be the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced in my thirty-some years thus far. I know that with AJ things got better and better. We’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel with AJ. I can’t wait to see him holding his little sister’s hand at the end of her tunnel. HE makes all things possible. I can only imagine the possibilities when she’s home and growing into the young lady she is destined to be.