Saturday, July 12, 2008

Adoption: Legacy of an Adopted Child

This poem was sent to me by an incredible woman named Jill. Jill is a devoted mother and sage & sensitive friend, and her perspective on adoption enriches my entire family. I pray that you have (or will find) a Jill in your life.

Legacy of an Adopted ChildOnce there were two women
Who never knew each other.
One you do not remember
The other you call Mother.

Two different lives
Shaped to make you one.
One became your guiding star
The other became your sun.

The first one gave you life
And the second taught you to live it.
The first gave you a need for love
The second was there to give it.

One gave you a nationality
The other gave you a name.
One gave you a talent
The other gave you aim.

One gave you emotions
The other calmed your fears.
One saw your first sweet smile
The other dried your tears.

One sought for you a home
That she could not provide.
The other prayed for a child
And her hope was not denied.

And now you ask me through your tears
The age old question unanswered through the years.
Heredity or environment
Which are you a product of?
Neither my Darling, neither.
Just two different kinds of Love.

[ Author Unknown -- from Aiken Drum ]

Sally Bacchetta
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