Friday, June 20, 2008

And Away We Went - An Orphan's Adoption

I enjoy listening to NPR, especially StoryCorps .

NPR also has an ongoing audio series, Adoption In America, recounting personally told adoption stories. I never grow tired of someone reading to me :) Each story, from both sides of adoption, radiates its own set of emotions and insights. As you listen to those born into their family through adoption talk about their Mom and Dad, I'm thinking you may find a peace washing over you as your heart both swells and melts..

At our Florida UMC Children's Home, a child first arriving is immediately given their own pillow, blanket and personal items. Not shared. Their own. It seems such a simple thing and yet the story below helped to drive home to us just how significant having something of your own can be. And should the time come that our kids are able to leave the sheltering of the Children's Home, they always take their pillow and blanket with them. For many, it was the first time to owned something of their own and we would never think of taking that away.

The story linked below, from the StoryCorps feature, touched us as it spoke to never having had something of your own and so much more...

From NPR Morning Edition, June 20, 2008.
Days after his birth in 1952, Ray Martinez was sent to an orphanage in Denver. He recalls the five years he spent there as a time when nothing belonged to him — not a toy, not a coat, not a closet.
And Away We Went...


T&W said...

And the tears start flowing! Who would have thought that he would have remembered that.
The past few days I 've been a bit on the sensitive side. What's up with that? I normally hold myself together very well!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I can't imagine what that five years was like for him in that orphanage.

You both come up with the most interesting topics for your posts.

Have a great weekend!


DC said...

Thanks for the heads up on this great series! I'm definitely going to check it out. :)

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love this story! Thanks for sharing it.

In our area, we have a program to provide foster kids with duffel bags. I think one of the saddest things I've ever seen was a foster child "packing" his belongings in an oversize trash bag. Now I'm thinking that the duffel bags should be filled with something...

rubyiscoming said...

I heard this same story yesterday and it required me to put on a fresh coat of mascara - I'm so emotional about the adoption again!!! Weepy, weepy! :)
Plus, it seemed even more poignant to me since I'm "here" living in Denver now, too.

sarah said...

Thanks for posting about this story! I read all the others too. Very good... I hadn't read / heard them before but I vaguely remember being told about the program on NPR awhile back by a co-worker.