I Marvel – Part 1

I marvel:

  • At how it’s been about a year since Hope even knew I existed and how now she wouldn’t dream of calling me anything but “Momma.”
  • That I finished my dissertation on time.
  • At how quickly she bounces back from a setback now.
  • At how our conflicts have changed.
  • That she can accept some responsibility for her behaviors now.
  • At how effective hypnotherapy can be.
  • At how we have defied the first psychiatrist’s horrible predictions about Hope’s prognosis.
  • That I have found my inner momma bear.
  • That despite adopting an older child I got to briefly experience some aspects of younger child rearing because we needed to address some developmental delays.
  • At how each month brings a new developmental challenge that we muddle through.
  • At how marginalized she has felt because of race, class, family status.
  • At how dismissive she has become of members of her biological family.
  • That I haven’t taken every electronic away for more extended periods because they prevent personal engagement and hinder emotional development.
  • That she doesn’t want me at the bus stop at all anymore.

About AdoptiveBlackMom

I'm a single Black professional woman living in the DC area. I adopted my now adult daughter in 2014, and this blog chronicles my journey. Feel free to contact me at adoptiveblackmom@gmail.com, on Facebook at Adoptive Black Mom, and on Twitter @adoptiveblkmom. ©www.AdoptiveBlackMom.com, 2013-2022. All rights reserved. (Don't copy my ish without credit!) View all posts by AdoptiveBlackMom

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