(Today we celebrate the third anniversary of the day we met Trishna when we went to India to complete her adoption. This post refers to "advice" we received from some "professionals" before we began the process to adopt our daughter.)
We watched them shuffle stacks of papers on official desks. Papers, photos, inches thick--all about you.
We listened to what they said as they looked up and spoke in serious tones--all about you.
They said you couldn't see.
They said you couldn't speak.
They said you couldn't learn.
They said we shouldn't.
We looked at the same stack of papers and photos and came to a different conclusion.
We saw determination.
We saw intelligence.
We saw perseverance.
We said yes.
The road to family life is an uneven journey--filled with highs and lows, bumps, joys, and tears.
But now I watch you--
On the couch sounding out words from a book
Holding hands while you play with your brothers
Coming over to say, "Mommy, can I sit with you?"
and I'm so glad:
That we didn't listen to our fears
That we didn't listen to our doubts
And most of all...
That we didn't listen to what they said.
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