Tuesday, November 10, 2009

So your daughter is adopted? Where is she from?

This afternoon, I had a client who needed assistance.  As always, I welcomed this new client in with "Hi! I'm Tammie.  Come on in to my office & let's see how I can help you."  I always hope that the request isn't a stupid one or a problem that I can't solve.  And sometimes it's easy.

The gentleman I had invited in, sat down, looked around my office.  I very proudly display a few pictures of my gorgeous girl & have the With Love From China FCC Indiana calendar hanging on my wall.  There have been many comments - both nice & outright stupid.  And I waited. 

This gentleman very promptly asked me "So your daughter is adopted?  Where is she from?"  Needless to say, I proudly told him that Erin is from China.  Before the words are done coming out of my mouth, he whips out his wallet to show off his own pics.  I expected the proud grandpa to show off his granddaughters. 

Nope.  The proud dad was showing me pics of his 2 sons - both adopted from Korea.  It was a delightful conversation with an insight into how an older generation dealt with adoption. 

After a stressful few weeks, it was a nice way to end my day.  Another adoptive parent showing off, telling stories.  You could just see how proud he is of his 2 boys.


Love Letters To China said...

I'm so glad your story ended this way. I hate it when the look on their face generally depicts what stupid words are going to escape out of their mouths.

Sandra said...

I love moments like that! I am sure the pride on both your faces must have lit up your office!

Vivian M said...

I love when this happens!

Candy said...

I'm glad your day ended on a high. I love it when people speak of their own adoptions or people that they know have adopted. I have had this happen to me a few time. People will say, my granddaughter was adopted from China, where is yours from?

Super Mommy said...

Awesome! I'm sure y'all had a wonderful converation...I love when that happens!!

Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

Thanks for sharing such a lovely story. I think many times are defenses are up because of what many of us experience. Thankfully, this was an experience to be relished.