The other day I was on the phone with a prospective adoptive parent when Josi walked in. She stood there listening to my side of the conversation. Adoption has not been a topic my daughter has been comfortable with. There have been the rare instances when she has acknowledged adoption, but she has never wanted to discuss it. (My youngest two often examine it…) I thought she would leave, but she didn’t. She stayed until I hung up, well over a half an hour later.
“What were you talking about?” she asked.
“Adoption. A parent wants to adopt. What do you think about that?”
Josi gave me her very deep look. She nodded and said, “Uh, huh.” (This is her typical response when she feels something deeply or is giving it a lot of thought.)
“Adoption is pretty wonderful, isn’t it?”
She nodded and surprised me with a huge smile and a hug.
“Bye-bye!” Another Josi “ism”. And out the back door she went to play with her brother and sister.