Re: “Hookers are for grown-ups”
inkdot said: “hookers are for grownups” - I do love you! Also, it bears noting that certain English-speaking cultures are on the whole more accepting of casual swearing than others. Australians, the Irish, or Canadians, par example. Let’s be real.
sometimesihavethoughts said: “hookers are for grownups”… i may have just peed my pants laughing
viaukraine said: I think you’re overbearing. Hookers are for everyone.
jessamama said: YAY for parental judgment. I missed the memo that we could get hookers though. Be right back!
livingformeandmimi said: I love this! Especially the hookers are for grown ups part! (And I’m not being snarky or sarcastic!) I think you have a fantastic parenting style!
robothiveexodus said: hookers ARE for grownups. A+ parenting!!!
I was just checking to see if you were actually paying attention.
You all pass.
And Molly gets bonus points for this:
mollysueschwarz said: that’s it. i’m naming my next kid “sassy”. and if i never have a next kid, i’m naming the next baby i see, “sassy”.
viaukraine replied to your post: Fingers Crossed…
We couldn’t have presents under the tree before kids. My mentally retarded dog loves to eat wrapping paper and wool sweaters. At least Dictator didn’t eat any clothes, right?
Not last year, anyway. (There’s still plenty of time for her to try some new tricks this year.)
“What's been the thing that surprised you the most about adopting? If there was one thing you could tell people who were on the fence about an open adoption, what would it be?”
Always with the hard questions! I must have answered the second part of your question three times before I settled on what I’m posting, and I’m still not happy with the answer.
What surprised me most about adopting… That’s a really tough one. I think I was prepared for it to take significantly longer than it did to develop a relationship and feel entirely comfortable with Dictator’s birthparents, so it was surprising to find that within a few weeks, they felt like old friends and that within a few months, they felt like family. I am still surprised by how many people have negative opinions about adoption (or about our adoption and related choices), but then again, there are jerks everywhere, so I shouldn’t let people surprise me…
The one thing I’d tell people who are on the fence about open adoption? Don’t do it. If you’ve done the research and talked to people involved in all sides of open adoption and you’re still on the fence, do. not. do. it.
Does that sound harsh?
What I mean is, if you’re anything less than wholly accepting of the idea that an open adoption means contact between your family and your child’s birthparents, then open adoption is not for you. Scratch that – it’s more than acceptance; it’s about actually desiring ongoing contact with your child’s birthparents. If the “open” part of an open adoption is just something you’ll just “deal” with in order to have a baby, think long and hard before entering that arrangement.
Of course, this is the same thing I would say someone who was on the fence about having a baby at all – don’t do it until you’re sure. Someone on Tumblr once shared this analogy: Having a baby is like having a giant face tattoo; you’d better be 100% sure that you’re ready to live with it for the rest of your life. Same goes for open adoption; not only are you inviting a child into your home, but also his birthmother (at least) or birth families (if you’re lucky). You’d better be sure you’re willing to live with those extra people and the ramifications of having them in your life before you invite them into it.
BUT – if you’re on the fence and you’ve yet to do research or talk to people involved in open adoptions, make sure you take those steps first, because ultimately, open adoption? So worth it.
Today is the last day of National Adoption Awareness Month – Ask me anything! Or read what I’ve already written about adoption.
“I can't believe how rude some people are being to you about this. I honestly haven't had one douchebag question yet. Maybe it's because they think Canadians are nice? Anyway, I just wanted to tell you I have never got the sense that you think you're special or better than anyone for having adopted. And, in the spirit of National Adoption Month Questions: If you were to adopt again would you insist on a birth family that wanted at least the same amount of contact as Dictator's?”
Lucky you… I’m guessing by the grammar that it’s one person, and I think I know who this particular douchebag is. I honestly don’t know why I keep answering her questions, except that they usually make her look more like an asshat than they make me feel bad, so… Is that particularly small of me? Probably. Do I care? Not much. (Maybe I’m the douchebag.)
Thank you for your kind words. It would kind of horrify me to think that people actually felt that I thought I was better than anyone for having adopted (I don’t much care about the opinion of one asshat anon).
If we did adopt again, yes, we would absolutely seek the same level of contact. It would devastate me to adopt another child and have him wonder why his birthparents are less involved than his sister’s, because no matter how well we manage it, that’s going to affect his self-worth. It just will.
This is actually the main reason we’re unlikely to adopt again – we recognize that we have an exceptional relationship with Dictator’s birthparents, and I don’t believe that we’d ever find that again. Could we insist on it? Sure, but who wants to fight for a relationship when one party isn’t interested in it? I can’t imagine how exhausting that would be, and how unnatural it would feel for everyone involved.
This does make me curious about those who have adopted multiple children (or adoptees with multiple siblings) – do your children all have similar contact with their birthparents? If not, how does this affect your kids (does it affect your kids)? How do you deal with their feelings about that?
It’s National Adoption Awareness Month. Ask me anything!