Legacy of An Adopted Child

I have received some really wonderful and encouraging contacts from people whom adoption has touched their lives in one way or another…. Most of them I have never met. One of these people is a woman who is an adoptee, a mom, and while I have never met her, I believe her to be a person with an incredibly warm heart. She shared a poem, which has brought me to tears several times over.  This poem puts into words the feelings I have been struggling to express….

A special thank you to you, Mary. This poem could not have come at a more perfect time in my life. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with me…..

Legacy of An Adopted Child
Author Unknown

Once there were two women,
Who barely knew each other.
One is in your heart forever,
The other you’ll call mother.

Two different lives,
Shaped to make yours one.
One became your guiding star,
The other became your sun.

The first gave you life,
And the second taught you how to live it.
The first gave you a need for love,
And the second was there to give it.

One gave you a nationality,
The other gave you a name.
One gave you the seed of talent,
The other gave you an aim.

One gave you emotions,
The other calmed your fears.
One saw your first sweet smile,
The other dried your tears.

One gave you a family,
It was what God intended for her to do.
The other prayed for a child,
And God led her straight to you.

And now you ask me
Through your tears,
The age old question through the years.
Heredity or environment…
Which are you a product of?
Neither, my darling… neither,
Just two different kinds of love.

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