There is always one or two articles that really stick out to me in each issue. I often highlight them here. This month there was one that really hit me, and I am very excited to share it with you.
"Adopting Teenagers" by Gretchan Thompson is on page 38 of the December 2009 issue.
This is "Team Thompson." They are a pretty amazing family. Gretchan tells you why in her blog description.
Notice the words "young" and "girl" - she really wasn't kidding. Gretchan was 25 when she adopted her sons Mychael and Malcolm who were ages 11 and 15 at the time. She writes candidly about her fear, her insecurities, their battles, and most importantly about their joy and their triumphs.
Normal is over-rated and not nearly as interesting or fun. The story of how a young, single White girl and two Black teenagers redefine the traditional family model and become the All-American Family.
She writes about things that we all take for grated as "normal" and how "un-normal" they become when you are the 25 year old mother of two teen-ages sons. Like. . . dating-
"It’s funny how your biggest priority prior to becoming an adoptive parent becomes your lowest concern once you’ve secured the position. And besides, sometimes it's just about doing the right thing--walking the walk you talk, practicing what you preach."and what her sons call her. . . (yes, people actually ask them that.)
"Mom, they call me Mom just like I call my Mom...and sometimes when they're pissed at me, they probably call me other things, just like I did with my Mom when I was a young. We're just like every other family. I know that might seem difficult to grasp, but we really are just like everyone else."And what really makes their story fun to read in addition to being really very interesting is Gretchan's great sense of humor.
"So, thanks, normal people, for forcing us to confront the obvious, find resolution and come out stronger and better in the end.Gretchan is working on a book called A Real Family. I am looking forward to reading more about their amazing family. In the mean time be sure to read through Team Thompson's blog.
Oh, and normal people, we appreciate that not everyone can be as strong as us, but don't worry, we still accept you."