- Adoptive Parent Education
- November 21, 2018
Voices from Adoption, the story of Emily, as told to writer Mary Klest.
Emily, Age 13
I was just a baby when my parents adopted me, so I don’t remember any other family. Years ago, I started to wonder why my biological mother didn’t keep me. My mom explained lots of reasons, but my dad said: “You’re supposed to be our daughter.” Simple as that.
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my family including my parents, brothers and sister, grandparents, and lots of cousins. I hope my grandma comes for dinner. She’s sick but I think she will come. I am going to make dessert, maybe cupcakes with candy corn. My dad buys two turkeys in case the turkey he deep fries doesn’t turn out right. I’m also thankful for getting a phone and having a phone. Being thankful is a happy, peaceful feeling.
Night time is my favorite time of day. I don’t like getting up for breakfast and going to school in the morning. When I was little, I wanted to be an owl. I was an outside girl and always climbed trees. We live near a lake and go swimming in summer. We visit pumpkin patches and corn mazes during the fall. The trampoline in our backyard was fun, but it broke. I liked playing kickball and hoops as a kid. I still love pandas because they are soft and cuddly.
I’m a cheerleader at Station Middle School basketball games. I like cheering on the team and the crowd but don’t like the sound of the buzzer. My friends think I’m kind, sweet and nice. I would describe myself as nice, outgoing, confident and helpful. If my mom needs something, I help her. She’s my everything.
When I was curious about my biological mother, my mom reached out to her on Facebook and I met her. None of my friends say much about it when I tell them I’m adopted. It doesn’t matter. Some of them are adopted too.
What I think I will be thankful for in the future is my students. I want to be a kindergarten teacher. Little kids are cute.
My mom is my best friend. If she was my age, we would be buddies. She thinks I’m funny. I am nice and sweet because that’s how my mom is. I adore my little sister and hope she stays with us. Everyone should love everyone. You, you and you.
Mary Klest is a writer, a mother, and a supporter of Let It Be Us. She believes that stories about people who discover, challenge, persist, and provoke are most rewarding to readers. You can learn more about her work at www.maryklest.com.