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Link to a post that brings back fond memories for me…

29 Apr

By TAO

From Light of Day Stories Heritage and Culture Camps: Why Do They Matter? 

“One is surely the opportunity for an adopted child or teenager to be surrounded by other kids like them. Not having to explain about being adopted, or about why they look different from their parents–it’s a relief to be among others who understand.”

While I am not an international adoptee, nor a transracial adoptee, and never attended a camp specifically for adopted children (they didn’t exist), summer camp mattered to me for the same reason as Maureen so eloquently noted above.

By the end of the first day of summer camp, somehow, all the adoptees would have found each other, some from earlier years, others new to the camp that year.  We spent the week together, united because we were all adopted, an exclusive club.  Looking back – it was just a natural coming together that helped all of us.

Same – not different.

Regardless of the fact that throughout school my best friend was also adopted, I treasured my yearly trips to summer camp, because I could spend time with other adoptees.  I wasn’t alone.

Being with other adoptees has always mattered, a lot.

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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Adoption

 

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4 responses to “Link to a post that brings back fond memories for me…

  1. Dannie

    April 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    It’s natural to flock towards people we identify with.

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    • TAO

      April 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Very true – whatever the “identify with”…

      Do you know if they have domestic adoptee camps – transracial or not? Funny when I think about it – we knew way back in the stone age 🙂 that it was a good thing – glad the adults finally thought it would be good idea…

      On the insomnia – just your bodies way of getting you used to the upcoming reality – it’s been awhile. Congrats again!

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  2. veggiemom

    April 30, 2013 at 1:59 am

    For my older daughter, being with other adoptees is HUGE! It doesn’t matter where they are from, whether they look like their afamily or not. It doesn’t matter how old they were at adoption or how old they are now. It just matters that they live the adoption experience and understand her. She can find adoptees anywhere (the girl at Great Wolf Lodge), one of the kids in a class at a school she was shadowing at for middle school, one of her teachers who didn’t realize she was a transnational adoptee. She loves culture camps, adoptee programs and camps (even if we have to do some deprogramming afterwards depending on who they are put on by), whatever. She recently did a 6 month program put on by a local adoption agency for tweens. I wasn’t thrilled with all she heard (you have birth parents and real parents, etc.) but it was worth dealing with that stuff for the feeling of belonging she got. She loves it all if there are other adoptees to share it with. (I kind of have a feeling my younger daughter will feel the same but she just doesn’t have it all figured out yet at 6 the way her big sister does at 12.)

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    • TAO

      April 30, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Veggiemom – there is just that connection. Same. Deprogramming – I can imagine.

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