|The crew on my birthday
As I was putting my son to bed one night recently he asked me something to the effect, “Daddy why did you adopt me?” If you have an adoption story you have likely heard or will hear this question many times. I have answered this question before but this time I gave it a different thought. See we had also just come off our third adoption and I kind of sensed the question is really more about why did you do this or need to do this?
So I told my son as honestly as I could that we did not need to adopt him or his sisters to his surprise. As I explained, because when you need something it is more of an act of instinct, or survival so the satisfaction in the act is limited. No, when I thought about his question, I smiled and told him, “Buddy, I wanted you!” I chased after you with all the love of my heart for you and your sisters. All the long nights of paperwork, and worry. All the driving around and chasing the next authentication or deadline, was not something I needed to do but I wanted to do.
I wanted and chased after all my children as one who loves with reckless abandonment until that day when I had my children in my arms and peace settled into the deepest part of my soul. That moment happened a year ago last Father’s day, after a long trip to bring home my precious daughter, we just happened to have Father’s day weekend as our first weekend home. As we sat around the table having lunch, an overwhelming feeling hit me and turned to my wife and said, “This is right, this is what we were meant to be as a family”.
My little ones, my loves, you completed me that Father’s Day and every Father’s Day for all time.
- Written by a 3x Gladney dad, Dwight Richmond