"America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me, you let me make a difference. A place where even orphan immigrants can leave their fingerprints and rise up." Today, 11 years ago this little chub stepped on American soil and became a citizen of the United States. He was already our son, granted in a Russian court about 3 weeks before - but it wasn't until he stepped off that plane that he was an American. He was carried off the plane, obviously.... but we made sure his footie jammies touched the ground for good measure.
People don't tend to know right away that he came to our family via adoption or that he joined us from a second world nation that has the reputation of being oppressive..... but in every immigration story I see, I see this baby boy. We flew half way across the world 3 times for this kid because I legit could not sleep at night thinking about kids growing up without families or even a country infrastructure that would help them thrive. I 100% identify with a mom or dad who brave a desert or a tiny boat because it is safer than home. My home is safe, my country is safe, my baby's was not. Him coming home with us changed everything. I will never understand the people who look at us with gentle eyes and say what a "good thing" we did, but those same people leaving malicious comments on Facebook about those seeking asylum. I dunno man, but my thoughts - love don't discriminate.
Anyway, thankful for this kid with dual citizenship who has a chance because a country he wasn't born into let him come home with us. .
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