Many moons ago, after multiple miscarriages that baffled doctors couldn’t explain, my mother decided it was time to adopt. And so an addition was made to the Savage family. At two weeks old I was welcomed by two eager parents and an older sister excited to finally have a sibling. Over the years my mom has told me the story of how I came to be a part of the family, how it only took two months from the time they applied with the agency, how my father almost ran my mother’s car off the road as he tried catch a glimpse of me through the window of her car, and how my older sister (7 years older) insisted that she share a room with me–a newborn. Even the town got caught up in the excitement of the seemingly sudden addition to the family, opening stores on Sunday (back when that thing wasn’t done) to help my new family get the things they needed to welcome me to the fold.
Eventually the doctors figured out what was wrong and Mom was able to have more children. The result of this break-through was a very pregnant couple finalizing my adoption a year later before a very amused judge. And while it is not the typical labor and delivery story, it is special to me because my mom went out of her way to let me know that I was special to her. She always said that I was the only one of her four children she got to choose.
I just want to wish my mom a wonderful Mother’s Day and thank her for making me feel like I am special and equal in her heart to my siblings who are not adopted. I love you, Momma!