Some days you need to have your faith in humanity restored, and considering what our first two stories of the day were, today seems like the perfect day to witness the pure joy of an adopted girl meeting her new family for the first time.
Over half-a-million other people agree. Prepare thy tissues.
“She comes out from behind a curtain (our heart skips a beat), squints (she needs glasses), takes a couple steps, spots Meg, proclaims, ‘Mama? Mama!’ and runs and leaps into her arms,” writes her father, “and gives a huge hug while repeating ‘Mama.’ She says ‘I missed you.’ She finds dad and says ‘Baba’ and gives a big hug, then back to mom […]”
She continues to run around hugging her siblings before jumping up and down for joy. Her smile is so brilliant that other people in the room take notice.
Okay, excuse us for a second…
Many of us are born into our families. By the time we realize what they are…I don’t want to say we take it for granted, because that misses the point. It’s just that, our families have always been there for us. For many of us, families are just part of our lives. It’s not like we know what we’re missing or what it’s like to not have one. We just… have one.
But many young people in this world do not have families. When they look at those of us who do, I’m sure they feel a deep, empty longing inside them. So the pure joy of watching a girl who doesn’t have a family, and is old enough to appreciate what now having one means…?
This is the beauty of adoption. It’s the side many of us are aware of, but few think about when considering putting their own baby or child up for adoption. Yes, giving away a child is heartbreaking. It can never be an easy decision. But what this girl shows us so beautifully is the other side. The child’s side. This girl is experiencing the purest joy humanity offers her. She’s been given a family, a family who loves her immediately. She knows from here on out, she’ll be loved.
Is there anything more beautiful than that?
If you’re in a crisis pregnancy, or if you’re unable to care for a child there’s always someone out there who wants to adopt your child. Even Down syndrome babies.