Leave your identity behind!
Discard your origins and ancestry.
Much like the the branch, oozing sap, is grafted onto the living tree - so are you grafted to your adoptive family.
But yanno, asexual propagation does leave an odd mark behind. I'm just sayin'.
Grafting on to the family tree
Posted: 01/15/2009 08:51:12 AM PST
While I appreciate Ms. Rigge's courage in coming forward with some of the challenges she has faced as an adoptee, I must take issue with regards to what she states with regards to her child's ancestry.
As the parent of four children that were brought into our family through the miracle of adoption, we have had to deal with similar issues; our oldest two kids have had to create their family tree as well.
Both of them had questions about their roots as it pertained to their adoptive familiy, and I explained to them that they were grafted onto the family tree, and like a branch that is grafted onto a living tree, it is just as much a part of the tree as one that had grown naturally.
My kids are not "bastards,” nor are they part of any "Bastard Nation" and while I sympathize with Ms. Rigge's plight, I strongly resent such implications. Adoption is a different journey to the same destination, a child united with parents as a family.