Life’s been overwhelming me lately, not that it takes much though. As a result my words aren’t working, so I thought I’d throw out a blurb on a show we watched. The second to last episode of the season of The Night Shift on NBC, that would have aired about the 15th of May. (Spoilers ahead if anyone has recorded it and not watched).
To me, they handled being an adoptee brilliantly. Kudos to them.
I paid special attention so I could tell you the adoptee’s name is Scott, and he was talking to a teenager who was angry at what had happened to him (mother died at his birth, father died a year ago, his sister was taking him to his uncle’s). The teen was angry at the secrets (lies) kept from him throughout his life, the latest was his sister for not telling him that she had a rare disease, and without a bone marrow donation from him, she’d die too.
Backing up: His sister had decided not to ask her younger brother to be her donor, rather because she was dying, to take him to their uncle, but her disease was uncovered at the hospital after the car crash, and the doctor said she’d tell her brother, and ask him to donate. The result of the telling and asking was that he said no, he was leaving, he’d had enough. Anyway, the other doctor told Scott (a surgeon), who went and talked to him outside where he was sitting on a bench, told him he was adopted, connected his feelings of wondering what life would have been like if he’d not been adopted, all the why’s and feelings, and other bits, that despite having a great family who loved him, those feelings were still there, they were normal. Scott then talked about his mother contacting him when he was in residency, wanting to meet him, reasons why he didn’t, which included feelings of loyalty to his parents holding him back, and just being afraid and not sure what to do. He then talked about regrets, and the fact that it took him a year to respond, and by then it was too late, his mother had passed, and to not do something you’d regret forever, like he’d done.
Whoever wrote the script did a really good job in my opinion…and it caught my attention but did not make me want throw my drink at the TV. And, any adoptive parents who watched it, couldn’t get upset, because by my count, he said twice what a great family he had.