When people talk about adoption, the conversation naturally tends to revolve around children. But guess what? Children grow up. That is why I am so very thankful for the adult adoptees in my life, some of whom I hang out with in real life and others whose stories and experiences I regularly read on their blogs. To those of you who fall into that category...
Thank you for baring your souls for the sake of the next generation.
Thank you for helping me see the world through my son's eyes.
Thank you for helping me understand that it is possible for a person to love their family and yet still struggle with their story and identity.
Thank you for showing me how to be thoughtful and careful in the words I choose to talk about adoption and the issues surrounding it.
Thank you for opening my eyes to the many sides of adoption.
Thank you for teaching me the importance of my son's country, culture, and family of origin.
Thank you for sharing your true experiences - good, bad, and ugly - even when people didn't want to hear it, made snap judgments, and told you to 'just get over it.' You are brave, and I am thankful.