Four Reasons I Celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Adopters and adoptees honor the importance of adoption. Here are four reasons adoption is special to me.
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. This is very special to me because my five siblings and I were adopted. When I was two months, my adopted parents (whom I call my parents) chose to bring me into their home and give me a beautiful life. I am here today because of them. Here are four more important reasons I choose to celebrate adoption.
My adopted parents taught me what love is.
As a child, my parents always reminded me that they loved me. They didn’t even have to say it. They showed it by creating fun family traditions such as annual vacations and holiday parties. They signed my siblings and me up for camp every summer. They dropped whatever they were doing to take care of us when we were sick. They rewarded us with money for getting good report cards.
While I viewed those acts of kindness as signs of love, I was required to do things that seemed like torture. For instance, I hated doing weekly chores! Sometimes I dreaded waking up early for Sunday school when I wanted to sleep in. If I lied, used foul language, and refused to clean and go to church, I became grounded. That meant no TV, computer, family outings, or playdates. All those things made me question my parents’ love.
As an adult, I now realize that everything my parents did was out of love and their hopes for me. They gave me weekly tasks because they wanted me to have essential skills for the future. Groundings taught me how to take responsibility for my actions and correct my behavior. Going to Sunday school every week allowed me to learn about God’s love and make friends in a positive community. If my parents had not punished me for my mistakes, I wouldn’t have learned how to become a respectful and healthy adult.