As an adoptee, there are so many people who create your sense of self … adoptive families, birth families, and most importantly, adoptees. The latter has not come into fruition for me until this year. In September of last year, I met my first Korean adult adoptee. It was a serendipitous meeting.
So much has happened in this last year, but the cap to this year has been my connection to the Lost Daughters. I have learned so very much from them. The stories are all so different, but then again, so familiar.
How we got here has shaped us, and we continue to grow. The internet has granted us access to so many people. Again, only this year have I dived into the sea of social media; the wading has ended.
This flood of people has taught me so much about the struggles we all have … struggles with seeing our original birth certificates, struggles in not having birth certificates, struggles in blending two very important families into one.
Adoptees converged on St. Paul this weekend for the Adoption Policy and Reform Collaborative Conference. My drive to St. Paul had me in a twist of ambivalence. I feared rejection again from the group for having loved my adoptive parents, rejection from having not searched for my birth family, rejection for just being me.
What I discovered was a group that welcomed and enveloped me, as tentative as I was. We are our comfort. Thank you.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Connections are everything.
I was reared as a “Tennerican,” part Tennessean, part Puerto Rican. But truth be known, I was born Korean. I was adopted and grew up in rural, East Tennessee. Feeling unmoored and fearing my children wouldn’t know me if I passed, my blog began in 2007 as a record of my existence. Mothermade progresses and swerves, just as my life has. To hear more on how I feel today or to view my storytelling, check out my YouTube channel @thekoreanhillbilly. Also, find more on Twitter and Instagram, @mothermade and on the Lost Daughters website.