Kate had always known she was adopted, but when she was little, she thought everyone was. “Isn’t everyone adopted?” she asked Georgina one night at story time when she was three.
“Some people are and some aren’t,” Georgina explained.
“But you are, aren’t you, Mom?” Kate asked.
“I came from here,” three-year-old Kate insisted, laying her little head on Georgina’s belly.
“How do you deal with not being wanted by the person who gives birth to you?” Sixteen-year-old Kate asked Georgina. “People telling you things like ‘Your birth mother just couldn’t raise a baby—she didn’t have the resources. It was a bad time in her life.’ None of those excuses cuts it. They make it worse. Plenty of poor people don’t give their babies away. Is there a bigger rejection than being given away the moment you’re born?”
“Oh, my darling girl,” Georgina said, taking Kate in her arms and holding her close.
“How can I—or any adopted child—understand, absorb, forgive being unwanted by her own mother at the moment of coming to earth?”
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