I feel as though I lived a lie during the years after Christopher was born. One of the biggest impacts reunion had on my life was that I felt I was finally able to live my truth. I didn't need to hide the fact that I had given birth as a teenager and given him up for adoption. I was a mother to four children, not three.
In the beginning, I felt as though a huge weight had been taken off of me. The weight of secrecy. Unfortunately, I allowed other people to make me feel as though I could not live my truth, so I started putting that weight of secrecy back on.
Because they didn't understand that my son was still my son.
Even though I did not parent him.
Because they didn't understand that I had been a mother from the day that I became pregnant.
My motherhood did not end on the day I walked out of the hospital alone.
Because they were uncomfortable with my truth.
Because it went against everything they believed to be true about adoption.
After writing my post "When Others Want You To Stay In The Closet", and reading the comments, especially the one from ms. marginalia , I realized that I was choosing to let other people's attitudes take away from my authenticity.
Nobody can take away my motherhood. I cannot un-birth any of my children, even the son I did not raise. I don't want to live in the damn closet anymore, nobody can force me back in there.
Nobody can tell me that Christopher is any less my child than the children I raised. The love I feel for him is no less than the love I have for all my children. When we were together on Saturday, it was as mother and son, not strangers. If that makes anyone uncomfortable, I don't care. It is the truth!
I have lived my life avoiding confrontation at all costs. I have lived my life as though I wasn't "good enough". I have lived my life pretending that everything was perfect, like I was perfect ~ trying to prove to everyone that I was good enough, even though I didn't believe that myself.
I lived my life as society expected me to after the loss of my son to adoption. I never spoke of him. I went on with my life, pretending like everything was ok, when it was so far away from ok it couldn't have been any further. How can I expect people to know the truth of adoptions effects on the mothers, if I do not tell my truths?
How can I expect anyone to know or understand the reality of adoption in my life, if I don't live my life authentically? How can I expect anyone else to look at Christopher as my son, if I don't fully live life as a mother of four instead of three?
I choose to live with authenticity. I choose to have the courage to be imperfect. To acknowledge the role of adoption in my life. I am shedding the weight of the lies and secrecy that adoption brought into my life 31 years ago.
I am Christopher's mother. He is my son. I have four wonderful children, not three. I have eight, not six (and one more to be born in March!) amazing grandchildren.
I am a very blessed, very happy woman!