adoption, reUnion, reform, reality**
Here are nine of my favourite Unsigned Masterpiece posts on various aspects of adoption.
They range from the political, Who’s Your Daddy? or That’s One Big Powerful Mother, Dude! to the extremely personal such as Last Suppers or The Day I Met My Son (It still makes me smile.) or the somewhat tongue-in-cheek, Betty Friedan Made Me Give Up My Baby.
** For new readers, I am working through the letters in these words as my writing prompts during NaBloPoMo 2011.
BETTY FRIEDAN MADE ME GIVE UP MY BABY http://wp.me/pgdfz-if
I saw Kate Winslet on TV the other day talking about the film she made with Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road. She said that in preparing for her role she read a lot of early feminist writing including The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. (Dec. 13, 2009)
LAST SUPPERS http://wp.me/pgdfz-c1
There is a meal that I have always thought of as my last supper. It was served to me, ironically, by my boyfriend’s mother who ran a diner and did not know I was pregnant by her son at the time. (Sept. 29, 2008)
THE DAY I MET MY SON … http://wp.me/pgdfz-nF
He took the bus to Toronto and one cold raining April morning I drove down to the bus station to meet him. He got off the bus and said “I only have to look at those eyes and I know you’re my mother. (April 10, 2010)
ANGRY BIRDS (and Adoption) http://wp.me/pgdfz-yh
Sometimes you hit the sweet spot and with that one hit everything collapses like an adoption reunion on a bad day. (Sept. 21, 2011)
WHO’S YOUR DADDY? http://wp.me/pgdfz-5N
Matthew Hays is a gay man who had been de-selected as a prospective father for a lesbian couple’s child in favour of a sperm bank. He writes quite poignantly about his loss of something he had never had nor contemplated until it was proposed to him by the couple. (August 10, 2008)
THAT’S ONE BIG POWERFUL MOTHER DUDE! http://wp.me/pgdfz-4n
I want to know who she is and where she is, that big powerful mother who keeps convincing the legislators of this continent that we first mothers want to hide from our children … (Aug. 3, 2008)
ROOM (The Bestselling Book) AND ADOPTION http://wp.me/pgdfz-vO
I keep thinking ROOM rhymes with WOMB. I don’t know. Is this whole book an allegory? Am I reading in too much? I hate when people do that with books. But maybe, just maybe, I am right. (Aug. 21, 2011)
LOOK DEEPLY INTO THE PALM OF YOUR HAND http://wp.me/pgdfz-r1
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese monk, activist and writer (May 28, 2010)
NIETZSCHE GETS IT… http://wp.me/pgdfz-vJ
[A]ccording to Joanna Ravenna in The New Yorker, Nietzsche said that the best way to enrage people is to force them to change their mind about you. (July 29, 2011)