Far too many TV shows have an adoption theme, you can’t escape them as they come out of nowhere, and intrude into your space of “I’m just a regular person living my life like everyone else”. Sunday night was no exception, we were watching Madame Secretary…(after the jump is a spoiler if you taped it to watch later)
The show starts off with a girl at the airport who decides to apply for asylum instead of boarding the plane home to China. Farther along, we find out her mother lost her little sister to the one child policy. I looked at hubby and said, they are going to find her sister was adopted into a family in the US. Of course the story had already hit the news, and her little sister and mother were watching, saw the resemblance and that they were both from the same place in China, so they travel to meet her, dna matches…now I’m not going to totally ruin the show, I think they actually handled the adoption part well, not sure how realistic it is that they would be able to get past all the hoops to even be heard, let alone reconnect, etc..
Monday night, I sat down to watch TV and hubby was watching one of his taped TV shows called something like Mrs. Brown’s Boys, a strange comedy from the UK where all the kids are adults. I start watching it and Mrs. Brown gets a call from a solicitor that she leaves the room for. The sister heard who had called, so being nosy calls them up to find out what they do, and is told they specialize in adoption tracing. The rest of the show is focused on the boys (and the sister) trying to figure out which one of them is adopted…none of them are by the way, the call was about something else. If this show had been a US production the outcry would be extreme, because it didn’t handle adoption the way everyone wants it portrayed, the adoption groups would be buzzing about how offended they were, and no, they didn’t use ‘positive adoption language’. It didn’t offend me, but I was thinking while watching how people on this side would be offended, I can almost see petitions being started. I do have to say English comedy is unique to anywhere else.
This morning, I flipped to CNN New Day to see the news, and instead, the anchor had a segment on his “Roots” journey. He starts with the typical ancestry documents and believes he knows his family history, yet discovers his great-grandmother used different last names, so off he goes to Italy to see if he can find out why she used different names. Of course, it turns out she was left as an infant on the door step of an orphanage and was adopted into a family and took their last name, still don’t really know why she used different last names, but apparently it made sense to him because she was adopted (I may have missed something obvious as I was on my first coffee). Apparently no one knew she had been adopted into the family…and some didn’t believe it…
So, between Sunday night and Tuesday morning there are three instances of unexpected adoption stories intruding. Feel free to add in the comments any shows you watch where adoption pops up out of nowhere…or becomes a central theme for this season.