… Continue reading the story "Adopted Friends"If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, you know that my daughter is a Chinese adoptee. When she became school-aged, she ran into problems: she felt isolated because she was one of the few Asians in her school, let alone one who had a white parent. Understandably,
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I’ve never been a fan of lotteries. I know that, for many people, they can be exciting and such, but the whole idea of there being few “winners” and many “losers” does not sit well with me. Oh, I admit, I’ve played the lottery under peer pressure. In reality, participating in a lottery is not … Continue reading the story "On Lotteries"
It feels like it happened yesterday, but today is the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on American soil. That day, people went to work and got on planes, unaware this day would be their last one. Like many, I use this day to reflect about the event -- and this gives me pause to think about what I’m grateful for. So without further ado, … Continue reading the story "10 Things I’m Grateful For"
Dear Arielle’s Birth Mom: I wish with all my heart that you could read this letter. Here in the United States, we are soon celebrating a holiday known as Thanksgiving. It involves friends and family getting together over a bountiful meal to celebrate all we are thankful for. It is my favorite holiday because it focuses on gratitude. And I am so grateful to you for giving … Continue reading the story "A Thanksgiving Letter"
Here in the US, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, Sunday to be exact. I will be celebrating my fourth Mother’s Day. Has it really been four years already? Time seems to have gotten away from me. What happened to my superpower of slowing down time? Once a year, I celebrate Mother’s Day by sending and receiving flowers. Once a year I’m treated to … Continue reading the story "Mother’s Day 2014"
July 4 is a time for celebration here in the United States. One of my most memorable Fourth of July celebrations happened during the bicentennial in New York City, where many, many New Yorkers painted fire hydrants our red, white, and blue flag colors. And, yes, I took part. So that would make me a patriotic vandal. That was the most memorable, fun Fourth of July ever for … Continue reading the story "A July to Remember: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles"
Arielle and her classmates are heading for kindergarten. But for now, they are participating in their pre-K graduation ceremony. Amid applause, they head toward their seats that face the audience of their biggest fans – their loved ones. As I watch the ceremony, my eyes fill with sad-happy awe. My eyes brim with sadness, as I know these very special children – whom Ari has known since … Continue reading the story "Graduation Day"