Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thank God for Adoption

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I expect a lot of people will be busy with their various activities, cooking and cleaning, or traveling to another place where someone else is cooking and cleaning. I will be doing the cooking at home again, as I do every year. I always make everyone around the table say what they are thankful for (and I usually get a bunch of eye rolls from the guys) but I insist nonetheless. Only those who have something to say are allowed to eat!

We've heard thanks being giving for everything from "I passed that algebra test" to "the cat didn't puke on my bedspread this morning." Yes, really. And once in a great while, one of them says something sweet about being thankful for the wonderful meal, and I wish like heck I had it on tape.

I usually say something about being thankful for my family, which I am every day. But this year I will have a few new things to say (even if I only say them to myself - the boys hate it when the gravy gets cold!)

I am thankful for adoption. For adoptive parents who opened their hearts and home to give me a chance at a better life. For biological parents who created me. For extended family who never once treated me as if I were different than their biological children. For the state legislators who finally had the courage to pass the law allowing adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates. For the fact that it is only 37 days until I can hold my birth certificate in my hands.

And I'm thankful for you, my new blog friends, who have been so open and supportive. I hope you all have wonderful things to be thankful for this holiday.

13 comments:

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I too am thankful for adoptive parents as I may never have met Mr. H if The Twomeys hadn't given him such a wonderful life. And since we now know his bio mom and have a great relationship with her, I am also thankful that she had the courage to let her newborn go to a family that could give him what she couldn't.

Oh, and I'd like to also say I'm thankful for all things PRADA. I figure it never hurts to "pad" my odds of getting a purse!!

Hallie :)

Andrew Scott Turner said...

MET: you forgot "And I'm thankful for my former coworkers at CCI, the ones who didn't stiff me, and especially the skinny one whose office was right around the corner from me. Love you Connie!"

:-)

AirmanMom said...

ME... I wish you and your family a Blessed Thanksgiving!

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

kim-d said...

I am so thankful that you FINALLY started your blog, Mary Ellen; I feel very privileged to be able to share your life. All I can say is, your Mom and Dad had to have been/are wonderful. And I cannot wait for the rest of the journey.

No matter what, I think your biological mother is a very special person to do what she felt would be best for you at the time; to me, that is a very special kind of love.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, ME!

Shellie said...

I'm very thankful for all those things too. Mt husband is adopted and so is one of my sons. My husband found his birth mother about eleven years ago.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

Happy Thanksgiving. :)

justlori2day said...

"the cat didn't puke on my bedspread this morning." That or the carpet. Every day I am thankful for that!

I am so glad to have "met" you through your blog. Thanks to Kim, who is super wonderful - I was able to "meet" someone who is very special! YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Odette said...

Happy Thanksgiving! We already had ours (sillly Canadians!) But I too am always thankful for family and now I get to add a whole new family!

I am thankful to your family as well for opening their hearts to you and I am thankful to all adoptive parents and families who choose to love the children that they may not have given birth to but I still feel were meant for them. Whether my grandma gave birth to my uncle or not he was meant to be in my family and I am sure the same goes for you!

Becca said...

I asked my son this morning what he was thankful for and he said "YOU!"

It was so sweet. I think anyone who had the courage to give up a child for adoption, knowing/hoping they will have a better life should be honored. I cant imagine giving up my baby

Abby Reed said...

Yay!!! Happy Thanksgiving, friend :)

Vegas Princess said...

I like that tradition, everyone saying what they are thankful for. I may have to bring that up tomorrow because I am interested to see what everyone says. I am thankful for finding such wonderful friends in the blog world as well. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

kim-d said...

I know I already said it, but I still had to come back today and make sure you KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT how happy I am to know you.

Have a wonderful day, friend!

~*amber*~ said...

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.

I too hate when gravy gets cold, but I will still get all my 'thanks' in.