adopted at last988406_565039846922270_34848742_nAre you or someone you know adopted? Whether you are a child or an adult, when you find out you’re adopted its a surprise. The children who are older and are adopted, are generally thrilled at the prospect of a real home and a real parent or parents. A few months ago, I was standing in line somewhere and this woman started chatting with me. I told her I wrote children’s books and she asked about my Christmas story. I gave her an outline and then she told me that when she went to get married, her parents’ birth certificates were required. It was then that her mother discovered she was adopted. It was quite a shock. Her mother, the lady’s grandmother was deceased so she could not ask any questions. She eventually found out who her father was and met him once. I also recently discovered that my late cousin’s wife was adopted. No one had ever said anything and then one of her children mentioned it in passing. I understand that children, particularly as they mature, want to know more about their heritage. The locking of adoption records did a disservice to many adults hoping to find answers. The children adopted by “The Little Couple” know where they came from and as they grow, they will be able to understand. I love watching the two children as they are really happy and have a wonderful life. I saw an old show one time where the daughter, probably around the age of ten, wanted to see her birth certificate. When her parents couldn’t locate it she was sure she was adopted. She pestered her parents for the birth certificate, but they were too busy and brushed her off. She decided to run away. She knew a girl in her class that was adopted so she went to see her. She explained her predicament and the adopted girl said to her, “Don’t you know how lucky you are? Your parents chose you.” When the parents realized she was missing, they started frantically looking for her. When they found her walking home, they promised to find her birth certificate. I loved the writing as it presented the value to children who are adopted. They were indeed chosen. If this is a topic of interest to you, please consider reading the Good Gus Series book, “The Special Gift.” It doesn’t matter if its a Christmas book. Its the gift that is important in the book.