A Response to NY Times “Adoption, Destiny and Magical Thinking“
I recommend reading it, but the jest of it is “that most adoptive parents feel their children are meant to be theirs“. Don’t shoot the messenger. I am quoting the word “most”.
Not surprisingly, I can’t say that I buy into the concept at all.
I got my answer down to the 1500 limit that the NYT does for commenting:
I relinquished my son to adoption almost 25 years ago. It was the picture perfect adoption scenario circa 1987. It also was the single most life altering event of my life and continues to affect my family to his day.
I have been called a vessel. I have been told that my child only went through me to get to where he was supposed be. I read the poems about being grown in a heart rather than under. I have listen to people talk about destiny and adoption and, as a birthmother, I detest it.
As it has been kindly pointed out, was it my destiny to make the biggest mistake of my life out of fear? Is it the same God that left me without support, floundering, and trusting, ripe to be exploited away from my child? Was my son, an innocent newborn, fated to live a life among people, however good, who were strangers, and I fear will always think him strange? Must he live with the ramifications of my choice and always be denied his true human rights to access his own birth record?
And reality is; no matter how much he was wanted and loved, if it was not me who was pregnant and scared, then they would have gladly taken the next child available. Nobody misses the ex boyfriend that they didn’t date or the fantasy kids in a marriage that never was. And they would not miss my son that never was either.
That, to me, says cruel chance and luck of the draw.
End quote myself.
However there are a bunch of folks who also have something to say about this article. Its getting a whole lot of comment action which I may have played a small part in, but only with a single Facebook post because other commenters wanted to know what adoptees thought about magical thinking. I only obliged. It’s my new self appointed job you know.
Adoption Destiny Blog Fodder
And of course there are blog posts.
So, it seemed clear that it was time for a new installment of The Adoption Lists. Remember if you write a post on this subject, please feel free to add it to the list. Then you can embed it on your blog too.
On August 15th, 2012, the NY Times Motherlode blog posted a "http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/adoption-destiny-and-magical-thinking/
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How does magical thinking manifest in adoption? The New York Times Motherlode article explores the phenomenon, and I do, too.
I love this post & Harriet's (will head over to Lori's later). But... I kind of disagree - I need to go write my own post instead of these ridiculously long comments. I'm a "things happen for a reason" person. Bad stuff, good stuff, all of it. I wanted to punch anyone who said that to me while we were in the throes of grief, but that was because people are stupid and tactless not because I didn't believe in it. I agree that adoption is romanticized and it shouldn't be. But my experience with international adoption is so different from yours - we weren't "chosen" and didn't have to work at it - because there is no direct birthparent involvement in international adoption. Shit happened to us, shit happened to Miss E, choices were made, but all on a timeline where a couple from Chicago, Illinois, were matched with this particular girl in Kinshasa, DRC. That is amazing to me... that Miss E who fits our family so perfectly ended up in it. Adoption is messy and not a Disney fairy-tale and Miss E will have her own feelings about it that we will do everything we can to support. But I marvel at how we got here and am incredibly grateful to whatever led us here-- circumstances, coincidences, fate, higher power, or whatever.
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Musings of the Lame: Life as a Birthmother: The Adoption Lists: Was It My Destiny to Become a Birthmother?
Most adoptive parents feel their children are meant to be theirs though God's hand or destiny.Was it my destiny to become a birthmother?
We don’t believe God orchestrated S. getting pregnant so WE could be parents. To think so is arrogant and unloving towards a woman whose decision was painful and difficult. But we believe God took all of our choices, hers to place, ours to adopt, and directed us to find these particular children to become part of our family.
This is the original article as published in the NYT.
Here is my view – when you stop and think about adoption it’s a little crazy, decisions that four (or less) people make impacts generations of people. The rippling effects of adoption go farther than I ever imagined, and the deepest (and very possibly sometimes negative) impacts of those decisions are to the person at the center of it all, the adoptee. Accepting responsibility for all those ripples and that intial impact to this person I love most in the world is terrifying, but not taking any responsibility and saying this was how things were meant to be for all of us seems unfair to J.