Adoption bumps into life more often than you would think. It’s downright hard to actively avoid it, which I don’t do because it interests me, yet even when I am just living my life – it’s there. Here are five times adoption jumped into my consciousness in the last week, without any real warning.
Watching Survivor and having one of the contestants out of the blue state: “Jeff, there is something about my relationship to Katie, my daughter because I’m adopted. And I don’t have those connections in my life, not until I had her had I felt a real connection in my life. It’s a pure, unadulterated, pure love I have for her.” –Tina Wesson, last night on Survivor.” (credit to Lorraine at FMF who had the actual comment Tina made in this post).
Choosing to read this article in the NY Times titled “A Formula for Happiness“. An article that should be just something to read, and hopefully, learn something from. Of course happiness is 48% percent genetic, and if you know anything about twin studies and adoption, you know it is likely they used twins separated at birth to get to that figure…and of course they did – 111 pairs of twins who were separated at birth and adopted into different homes were part of the study.
Watching an episode of Almost Human and part of the plot was how could the defendant have been in court, and yet also kill one of the witnesses at the same time. They query whether there is an identical twin and no there wasn’t any record of that, and then your mind automatically goes to sealed records, the history of separating twins for adoption – and that one could have been placed for adoption. (no, that wasn’t what happened and looking up the show Almost Human on Wikipedia the title of the episode is “Blood Brothers”)
One of the people I follow on Twitter who primarily links to health articles, linked to the current posts here and here on the tragic story of Ashley Smith, an adoptee. That took me back to this post I did about her and how I had followed her story, but didn’t know she was adopted until her mother testified at the inquiry into her death.
Another link completely unrelated – The new face of judicial defiance turns out the story the Judge is referring to, the mother has a child who was adopted, who wants to reunite with her and get to know her.
Bonus: This one was in a tweet by Claudia D’Arcy so it was from the adoption world, but adoption wasn’t mentioned. The reason I clicked it though is due in part to all the hype about Saving Mr. Banks film, combined with the movie I watched as a child Mary Poppins, and, that I had recently been reading about the life of Walt Disney (who also happened to be an AP). So of course, I clicked on the article about the author, only to find out she adopted a son and chose to only adopt one of the twins…
This is a pretty typical week…