Today is the last day of school for my kiddos.
- Eli leaves the neighborhood school he has attended for seven years, since kindergarten, and moves onto middle school (seventh grade).
- Payton will go into fourth grade, hopefully getting the teacher we requested, who knows her background.
- Paige will move onto second grade with less anxiety, in part due to having had a wonderful first grade teacher.
You’re probably expecting a blog post about my kids, all their milestones, my hopes and dreams, etc.
But that’s not what I’m writing about today.
I want to introduce Bonnie, the dog we adopted from the shelter.
I named her Bonnie for two reasons:
- The shelter named her Tawnie, which I didn’t like, so renamed her Bonnie, which rhymes.
- It is also to honor my beloved cat Clyde, whom I lost three years ago.
I’ve used the new addition to our family to talk about adoption.
“We’re giving Bonnie a home because she needs someone to take care of her. She will be part of the family and live with us forever.” (barring the cats acting out…)
Although I didn’t state directly how Bonnie’s situation correlates with theirs, I hope the message got through on some level.
Adopt has numerous meanings but these three are especially fitting for the situation surrounding Payton and Paige, and Bonnie:
Number one reminds me that adopting Payton and Paige was not an accident or unplanned event, it was a choice. We chose to help them, help their biological family, and expand our family through adoption.
Number three points out that not only did I enter a new relationship by becoming the mother of two little girls, they went into a new relationship with a different mother.
Even though the second definition is technically how all three of them became part of our family, I find myself preferring the first and third definitions more.
Because adoption is more than a formal legal act, it is a choice to enter a new relationship.
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