My seven-year-old has been struggling with stomach pain for a few months now. It had gotten to the point where the pain was waking him up in the middle of the night. I took him to the doctor and we determined that it is probably acid reflux. The doctor started him on a temporary medication to see if it helps.
While out running errands with my dad, we sat in his car and discussed my son’s stomach issues. My dad said, “You know….I wonder if he….oh my gosh….(grabs my arm)….I just started to say I wonder if he inherited any of our intestinal problems…I’m so stupid. Can you believe that I almost said that? That was so stupid. I can’t believe I almost said that.”
My response, “That just shows how natural adoption feels. It was not stupid at all.”
I’ve thought about this conversation for a while now, and have decided that it demonstrates just a small part of the miracle of adoption and love.
Adoption is a miracle. It shakes one up. It stirs one’s heart. It causes one to rethink the idea of what it feels to be family, to be related, to be eternally connected, and to be predestined in a life shared together.
When bloodline, borders, and biology are dismissed, all that remains is love in its most magnificent and miraculous form.