More than a good read…

04 Jan

There is no one single story of adoption.  What there is, is a powerful collection of many stories from the ones adopted, each unique, each their own, that together weaves a portrait of what adoption is, and specifically, what it isn’t.  Each story powerful in not just what is written, but in what was left unsaid, listen to what isn’t said.

This story is one that I hope you will read, it touched me deeply.

An Orphan’s Odyssey: From South Korea to Minnesota and Back Again



Posted by on January 4, 2018 in Adoption


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10 responses to “More than a good read…

  1. Dannie

    January 4, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    ugh I hate stories like these. Not because of the soul searching but because of stupid Aparents.


    • TAO

      January 4, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      I get that – I’m going to guess this was early 60’s if not earlier and the history I’ve read of Holt back then clearly identifies a lack of knowledge of anything adoption so you can just imagine the vetting process (or lack thereof).


  2. Tiffany

    January 4, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    That story just broke my heart. As an adoptive mom myself, and honestly, just as a human being, it’s really, really hard for me to understand the attitude of Chris’ adoptive parents. But more than anything, I feel so much pity for them that they missed out on him. Adoptive parents are the ones who need to be grateful- we are given an immensely humbling opportunity to be a part of someone’s life that we otherwise would not know. We are given the chance to love a child and help them fill in a hole. Never completely, no, but we can be a part of healing for them. These adoptive parents missed out, and that’s so sad that they threw away someone so incredibly amazing. What small hearts and souls they must have. They must be very unhappy and miserable people. It is a comfort that it sounds like Chris has made a good life for himself and found love with others through his life.


    • TAO

      January 4, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks Tiffany – his story haunts me and uplifts me to be that strong.


  3. maryleesdream

    January 4, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    This was hard to read. I felt such sorrow for this boy. Hearing the story of how his mother called his name in the street. Heartbreaking. Then adopted into an uncaring home. I’m glad he’s happy now.


    • TAO

      January 4, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      So am I Marylee.


  4. pj

    January 4, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    What a powerful story ! He relates to adoptees on such a visceral level. We are all searching for our roots, and wanting to be in control, after having no control over our destiny. Agreed, he gives me/us strength.

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    • TAO

      January 5, 2018 at 4:12 am

      Good description – powerful – you are so right.


  5. beth62

    January 8, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    On my, that was a wonderful read. And what wasn’t said, excellent writing. Thanks for adding that one TAO. I’m glad he found a comfortable to him place to just be, not to mention being able to explore and find all he could.
    I think I’ve never seen anyone write about their everyday family like that. I guess I enjoyed that part about his Poole family, reminds me of my/our family. Now I have to wonder how many other friends the Pooles son brought home. LOL I’d love to meet the Adopted sister who left to “join the carnival” and have to wonder if she really did, or if that’s like my phrase “ran off to find their fortune” (which most often included far away college or military 🙂 ). I honestly just love hearing from people who are brave enough to do that in any way. Curious to know what they all find 🙂


    • TAO

      January 8, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      It’s a read that sticks with you long after – the ability to give the reader a glimpse of what it is like.



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