Adoption Day

Three years ago Allan and I were stumbling around Moscow falling in love with our brand new daughter and just beginning to grasp the enormity of what we’d done (see the picture on the video feed? I’d been awake for 30 hours straight and that wide-eyed crazy smile says it all). I will always remember that time as one of the best of our lives. Just the three of us with no obligations but to each other, in a cozy studio apartment, with free international phone calls so we could report to our loved ones back home. The time difference worked in our favor because we tended to call at 3 AM when we had no idea what to do next.

I get funny looks from people because I hesitate when asked my daughter’s birth date but it’s because her adoption hearing was one month before her first birthday and, frankly, in our world it’s the court date that is most memorable, most associated with months of nervous preparation, then several hours of scary people in uniforms, hyperventilating, and screaming, and, finally, indescribable joy and cigars all around.

Where I imagine my story is just like every other parent’s is that every time I watch the videos of seeing her for the first time I dissolve into a puddle on the floor.

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Published in: on July 21, 2010 at 6:23 AM  Comments (1)  

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  1. I love these videos – you totally had me sobbing. So happy to be able to see this beautiful moment and to be friends with your lovely family 🙂


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