So, I have just completed creating an iPhoto album to give to Maeve's birthmom when I meet her (I hope I meet her anyway), but am stuck on the letter that I want to write to her. How am I supposed to articulate all my emotions into words. I suspect it will take me some time to get it "just right". So, I will bust through this writer's block and tell this amazing woman my appreciation -- for loving her child so much that I now can love on that same child for the rest of my life.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
So, the likelihood of me meeting Maeve's birthmom, when I travel to Ethiopia, is actually quite high. The nice thing about AGCI, my agency, is that they try to facilitate these meetings between adoptive parents and birth families. I don't even know how to explain how I feel about this -- very grateful is one word. But, anxious, humbled, and saddened.... are some others that pop to mind. What an amazing opportunity -- to meet the person that brought Maeve into this world. To have the opportunity to ask her specific questions -- from the concrete to the hopes and dreams that she holds for her daughter. But, what a horrendously difficult moment for her-- I don't know the details of what led Maeve's birthmom to relinquish her, but I do have an idea of what a devastated country Ethiopia is -- everything from its economic state, food availability, and healthcare is in dire straits. Putting Maeve up for adoption is most likely an act of extreme and unselfish love from a mother to daughter. I can't even fathom it, and thankful that I don't have to.