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You're pretty lucky
Saturday, December 01, 2007
The people who read my blog are typically involved in international adoption. I'd venture a guess that about 99.999% are parents of an adopted child or soon-to-be parents. And those people are very lucky indeed. The folks with kids already know how fortunate they are (or at least should). But those of you who are still in the process and are not yet parents are even luckier.

Yes, you are.

You see, although it may seem like an eternity, in a very short while you will experience a rush the likes you have never had before. Shortly after the court hearing or perhaps after you have the decree in your hands or maybe sometime after that, you will all of the sudden realize that there's this little person you'll be able to help enlighten and at the same time regain experiences you may have lost at some point during the speedway of life. You'll have someone with whom you can impart some of the wisdom you've gathered and in return view the world again as if it were the first time you've seen it.

It's a rebirth for you, a chance to see why life is the most amazing thing in the universe. That kid is going to prove to you that everything around us is just so F'ing cool!!! We spend so much of our limited time on this planet rushing to get to work, getting our shopping done, etc. etc. etc. When you see how a kid (at any age) looks at something they've never seen before with all those little synapses in their brains firing away, making connections, processing colors, smells, tastes, and textures. The planet is at a crossroads because of humans but humans also have the ability to learn from our mistakes and clean things up a bit so that our kids will be able to have kids.

The human experience is a pretty cool thing and to repeat a great quote from one of my most favorite movies and something that is somewhat of a mantra of mine...

Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and take a look around every once in a while you could miss it.

So consider yourself lucky, because there's someone who is going to help you take a look around.
posted by Steveg @ 5:45 PM  
  • At 7:33 PM, Blogger Brandie said…

    You are indeed lucky!! The 10 days waved!!! Take lots of pics and keep us updated!!

  • At 8:16 PM, Blogger The Horners said…

    uhhh... wait! gimme a second.... I know this one.... Ferris Bueller!

  • At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    just wait for the rush after the terror sets in! As good as today is, it gets better every year, just in different ways!

  • At 8:18 AM, Blogger Debbie said…

    Yippee!! On the successful court and the 10 days being waived. Glad you're enjoying experiences first with your son.

  • At 9:57 AM, Blogger Valerie said…

    Beautifully put Steve! I agree with it all...welcome to the amazing world of Parenthood!

    What is it they say, "Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

    So true....huh?

  • At 7:13 AM, Blogger Debi said…

    and it only gets better with each passing day...ENJOY

  • At 8:06 AM, Blogger M- said…

    We are all lucky indeed! I'm still waiting to see you waving in front of the webcam (maybe even with little A).

  • At 4:41 PM, Blogger Suz said…

    Oh I so remember this when we took Daria from the orphanage. It began happening the minute we stepped out the door and she felt the wind on her face - I don't think she'd felt it since the day she came to the orphanage at 28 days old. It still happens so often, it's not going to be long till you're talking in kidspeak because you've begun to re-experience the world through their eyes.

  • At 12:55 AM, Blogger kate said…


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