I’ve shared some of my secrets here. I’ve shared some of my pain. I had to do something with it all because I was being crushed underneath the weight and the magnitude of it such that denial was no longer an option. I’m not out of the water in terms of the grieving. I love my son. I told him every day, many times a day in the days I kept him with me before relinquishing him. What I am facing is the prospect of coming to terms with the fact that the choice I made may have caused it to be such that I may never get to tell him again, and that is a hard thing, harder than anything I can possibly imagine. I did not heal like I somehow thought I would after giving him up. I have not healed yet. I don’t know how much to expect in the way of healing in looking toward the future, but it’s clear enough that I have not arrived. I am actively seeking to heal. I hope I can heal. At times throughout these near 21 years I have not wanted to go on living, but I choose not to take the choice of that upon myself and allow the breath that is in me to continue. I must find a way to go on with the rest of my life.
What I am is what I am. What I’ve done is what I’ve done. I alone must deal with the consequences, and there is nothing to be done about it now, really, but just let life continue on the course that has been set. What I would ask of you, dear reader, is this: If you are a man making love to a woman who is not your wife, I would ask you to think before you bed her again if you would not be willing to raise a child with her. It is, after all, procreation when you break it all down. If you are a woman making love to a man who is not your husband and find yourself cast off, please know that you are not obligated to carry on that man’s tradition of tossing you out as if you were trash. Just because he can treat you like trash, doesn’t make it so; it doesn’t make you trash. All his actions have proven is that he doesn’t respect himself enough to take care of what he’s taken on in procreating with you. If he doesn’t respect himself, how can he respect you or anyone else – including, perhaps, even his own child? It’s not your fault anymore than it is your child’s fault, so do not feel obligated to conduct your life as there is a fault that demands recompense. A child is one’s greatest blessing, if the man who helped bring this child about does not get that, you’ve no obligation to seek a means of letting him off the hook. He will never be off the hook anyway. He’ll always know he has a child in this world, and how he chooses to handle that will be his reward – or his reproach. If he goes the way of reproach, you are not obligated to go down that road with him – especially if he’s gone his own way and left you behind to handle it all. They say it takes a village. I live in the village. If I know you, I’ll help you in anyway that I can. There are others who feel this way too. It will not be easy, but you’ll have your child, and your child will have you, and that’s all that really matters when all’s said and done.
If you are a citizen who knows someone talking of breaking up her family by means of adoption, please be a part of the community that embraces it’s member with a new member on the way. If a woman is thinking of such desperate means there is a desperate need. You as a member of her community are not obligated to leave her alone, drowning in her fears. You’ve got more resources than you think with which to comfort her fears. Do what you can to just help her let herself be pregnant and really let it sink in what that means: it means she is an expectant mother – emphasis on the word, mother. You are not obligated to watch her destroy who she became when she became pregnant. Though we do not like to think of women who relinquish as mothers, it does not make them any less mothers: that is what a pregnant woman is, an expectant mother. It is not self-indulgent for a woman to think of herself as what she is when she is an expectant mother; it is reality. If she is considering adoption for her child, there has been a disconnect in her link with reality…know that! Count on it! It wouldn’t take much and it wouldn’t take long to bring her around to reality. Let her indulge in imagining herself as who she is: her child’s mother. Seriously. What can that hurt?
If you are a couple seeking a child to adopt, do not seek it from a woman who has found herself alone, scared, and with child. She is not an object for you to take advantage of anymore than she was an object to be taken advantage of by the man who fathered her child. Realize where this practice came about…it came about when we scorned women for having sex outside of marriage and sent them out in the cover of night off to homes for unwed mothers before the neighbors found out. This isn’t the 1950’s. Women no longer have to be hidden away if they become pregnant. The woman whose child you are hoping for is not a commodity for you anymore than she is for a pimp; she is a human being. Don’t seek an agent or agency who would make her a commodity. You are not obligated to perpetuate a predatory practice. And also, keep in mind, that child inside her is not motherless yet. If she has it in her to think of her child’s welfare – especially to the extreme of considering adoption – then she is capable of being her child’s mother. Give her that chance. Blowing up her family to create your own will not take away the pain of whatever it is that has caused you to have to look toward adoption. What about the children already here who truly are motherless? What about them? You are not obligated to sit by and watch another generation grow up without someone there to say, “You are part of us. You are not alone in this world.”
All I am asking is for us all to stop and really think about the people around us. We are social creatures for a reason, and we are interconnected whether we like it or not. As a society, we are starting to take on bullying. That is so good because in this we are learning that every person has value, and no person has a right to take another’s self-worth away. A man who is allowed to come into his own and find his self-worth without the interference of someone violently stealing it away with bullying may be allowed to let himself be the father he procreates himself into being instead of running away like he had to try and run away from the bullies and the pain they were inflicting. Maybe that sense of self-worth that he’ll be allowed to grow into will be the difference between doing the right thing and not. Maybe that sense of self-worth will even allow him to wait until he actually finds the person he would want to have a family with instead of trying to cram the empty holes of his stolen self-worth with the first thing that comes along. Maybe that first thing will no longer be a thing. Maybe she will actually be allowed to be a human being who can find and know her true worth. If she is allowed this, then a better world is already being created for our children – who are, after all, the future.
And that is all I am saying in even starting this blog to begin with. None of us are objects to be cast aside when no longer of use, so let’s not treat each other as such. Each of us has value, each has something to contribute if we’ll just give a little mercy, a little room to grow, a little kindness, a little understanding, a little compassion. Little is much with such grace in our midst.