No, not that "a" word!
Try again. Another "a" word.
Auburn, you say?
Not this time, anyway. ;)
And not that other "A" word either.
You know, the one that is Auburn's rival.
Yeah, that one.
But, like I said...that's not it.
It's a word I never would have thought of as "the A word."
But evidently some people do.
"The A word?"
Are you serious?
They say it's a label.
So is "soccer mom"
or "private school student"
or "second grade teacher"
or, or, or...the list could go on.
Everything is a label, in some way.
And to "not use the A word" with my child...isn't that denying how we became a family? Or making it seem taboo or something not to be spoken of? I know if I had told Gloria simply "You were born in Guatemala" that would not have been enough. The questions I would have to evade or continue to answer only half way would have been along the lines of "Then how did I get here?" and "Why don't I live there now?" And without "I adopted you, to be my daughter and part of my family, forever" there would never be a completely truthful answer.
Yes, there are children who struggle with being adopted.
Mine is one of them right now.
Even so, she doesn't think of it as a bad word or something negative. It's just a fact of her life.
By grace, we have all been adopted into the family of God.
And by God's grace, I am also able to proudly wear the label "Momma," so given to me by my precious daughter.
Who just happens to have been adopted.