One Word

Janet at Seoul Searching sent me this award. I think this looks fun & hopefully you all do too! Thanks Janet!

Rules: You can only use one word. Pass this along to 6 of your favorite bloggers. Alert them you have given them the award.  Have fun!
1. Where is your cell phone? – Purse
2. Your hair? – dyed
3. Your mother? – quiet
4. Your father? – dead
5. Your favorite food? – pizza
6. Your dream last night? – didn’t
7. Your favorite drink? – rootbeer
8. Your dream/goal? – contentness
9. What room are you in? – library
10. Your hobby? – crafting
11. Your fear? – finger-nail-torture
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? – beach
13. Where were you last night? – Home
14. Something you aren’t? – MarthaStewart
15. Muffins? – blueberry
16. Wish list item? – great_leather_boots
17. Where did you grow up? – Stratford
18. Last thing you did? – helped
19. What are you wearing? – work-wear
20. Your TV? – plasma
21. Your pets? – hyper
22. Friends? – great
23. Your life? – busy
24. Your mood? – tiredandcranky
25. Missing someone? – Kelly
26. Vehicle? – Civic
27. Something you’re not wearing? – sunglasses
28. Your favorite store? – RW
29. Your favorite color? – black
30. When was the last time you laughed? – Today
31. Last time you cried? – Thursday*
32. Your best friend? Matt
33. One place that I go over and over? –
34. One person who emails me regularly? – Staci
35. Favorite place to eat? – Raja
* I know – silly, but I cried when I watched the Office with that Wedding Dance. That song is so lovely (except for the singer…)

I’m going to do what Christine did – anyone who wants to continue the One Word Blog Love – feel free – I love all of your blogs!

Handle With Care

I (finally) just finished Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult.  What a great book.  As I seem to discover with pretty much every book I read or listen to recently – this book touched on adoption.  There is a character in the book who was adopted domestically and is searching for her birth mother.  I wanted to share a paragraph about what her character thinks adoption feels like.  I think it is kinda nice, and hope this feeling is true – but not being an adoptee, I of course really don’t know.

“Being adopted felt like reading a book that had the first chapter ripped out.  You might be enjoying the plot and the characters, but you’d probably also like to read that first line, too.  However, when you took the book back to the store to say that the first chapter was missing, they told you they couldn’t sell you a replacement copy that was intact.  What if you read that first chapter and realized you hated the book, and posted a nasty review on Amazon?  What if you hurt the author’s feelings?  Better just to stick with your partial copy and enjoy the rest of the story.”

That same character at the end says:

“Parents aren’t the people you come from.  They’re the people you want to be when you grow up.” 

The book was even more moving for me since I have a close friend who had to make a very difficult decision this summer to terminate a late term pregnancy.  Reading this book at times made me cry for her – and “understand” a bit more of the pain that she is going through.