Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
Jessica I'm so proud of you to write this. Hope you print it out for mom and dad.
For my Expository Writing class, this past semester, I had to write a Narrative essay about a major event in my life. I wrote about my adoption from the point of view of my mom. I hope ya'll don't mind, but here's what I wrote:The Adoption of Jessica P
\tI had wanted a child for as long as I could remember. My husband, Robert, and I had a wonderful marriage, full of love and laughter, but something was missing – the laughter of a child. We wanted to be parents, but we were never able to get pregnant.
\tWe had been to specialists, but being the late 1970s – early 1980s, there weren’t many options. After years of heartache, we decided to try adoption. We took the steps, filled out forms, had background checks, and were scrutinized to make sure we were fit to raise a baby. After hitting a few road humps and almost losing hope, the day came that I received a phone call – THE phone call.
\tI taught sixth grade at the time, and as I was leading my students through an exercise routine to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, I was called to the office for a phone call (yes, they called me at school). My heart and mind raced as walked to the office, other teachers asked me, “is it the call???”, but I didn’t know.
\tAs soon as I picked up, a female voice on the other end said, “Mrs. P, are you by yourself? We may have a little baby girl and were wondering if you and your husband would be interested in adopting her.”
\tMy mind started spinning as I got a huge smile on my face. I responded by saying, “yes! Oh my gosh, yes!”
\tAs soon as I hung up, the tears came to my eyes. Teachers and secretaries surrounded me with hugs and words of Congratulations. I immediately called my husband and asked if he was sitting down. Then I couldn’t help myself, I blurted out that we had a beautiful baby girl!
\tWe met Jessica Leigh on December 20, 1983. She was five weeks old, born November 12, 1983. Robert and I were going to spend the day with her. We went to doctor appointments and took her to buy baby supplies. We were over the moon. It was hard to return her to the case worker, but knew that tomorrow, we would bring home our daughter.
\tThe next day, December 21, 1983, Robert and I went to pick up our soon-to-be daughter. Robert was excited, and even wore a pink button-up shirt in honor of having a girl. It was an amazing feeling when the case worker walked in the room carrying a little red Christmas stocking. Puzzled, I looked at my husband, who just smiled back at me. It didn’t take long to realize that inside the stocking was our baby girl. I was crying and shaking so hard, I couldn’t hold her. So, Robert did and we marveled at her big brown eyes and bald head. She was perfect. She had ten fingers and ten toes – and she was ours.
\tWhen we returned to our house, there were pink and white balloons on our mailbox and a big bed sheet hung on the side of our house that read, “Welcome Home Jessica Leigh!” As I got out of the car, I looked up and saw a magnificent rainbow across the sky. Robert and I smiled because not only are rainbows good signs, but they are extremely rare in the winter months. As I looked at my daughter, I realized it was my father and Robert’s father, smiling down on our new family.
\tThe next few days are a blur of excitement and bonding. We spent a week with just the three of us, so that Jessica could learn who her Mommy and Daddy were. Finally, we introduced her to the world and our new life took off.
\tIt has been nearly 25 years since we received our blessing, and I am so happy to have her in my life. Yes, we have had our ups and downs, but when it comes down to it, the love our family shares has overcome all of our trials. Each year, we celebrate our Family’s Birthday on December 21st – the day our family was born. We go out together, as a family, and Robert wears the same pink shirt he wore the day we brought her home. As for the Christmas stocking, we use it every year. It is the symbol of how much we wanted a child, and how lucky we are to have her in our lives.
\tRobert and I wanted to add a child’s laughter to our already full lives, and we have been laughing ever since Jessica came into ours – usually at each other.
After I wrote it, I showed my parents and they were impressed at what I had said. Mom was honored that I wrote it from her point of view (but, really, who's POV was I going to use? MINE?... that would have been blurs of eating, sleeping, and diaper changes!).
And yes, we do know how lucky we are... well, I know I'm lucky to have such an amazing family