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Title: An Open Adoption
Author: John Arvin

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An Open Adoption
Some twenty-plus years ago, my family
and I went to a park on a beautiful
Friday afternoon. It was a great day to
enjoy the outside, but this was for a
meeting. We, my wife and I and our
seven year old son, were going to the
park for a gathering with some special
people. We were joining Geri, the
Executive Director of Denver Adoption
Agency, Babette, who was once a
Pregnant in Denver, a lovely, nineteen
year old girl, and Babette’s new baby
boy. The little boy was to come home
with us.
That experience comes back to me, in
my minds’ eye, in the form of
snapshots, images from that hour, that
provide the point of transition in our
collective life from before Jake, to after
Jake. I see the flowering trees and the
greenery of the park. There are tears
streaming down to meet smiles on most
faces. There are brave and loving
words being exchanged. My seven year
old is holding this newborn stranger,
with pride and serious question crossing his face. There is me, looking down and seeing
this tiny little guy, and I’m scared, because I don’t feel anything for him. Zip, nada,
nothing. The worry didn’t last long though, because soon I remembered, that this had
been my same experience, in a hospital seven years before. I remembered holding a baby
and being scared witless, because I didn’t have a warm emotion to be found. That had
changed profoundly in the following weeks.
A miracle occurred, and my heart blossomed and I had feelings I had never before
known. Truth be told, as I stood in the park, I wondered if there was anyway that this
situation with Denver Open Adoption could possibly be the same? Can I feel for this
little squeaky guy, that which I feel for my biological child? Luckily miracles are not
like lightning. They can strike twice.

My son’s have each gone off to college,
stepping out into their emerging lives.
Now, the times that we are all together
at the same time, are more rare and
special. So often, I look at the two of
them, and marvel at who they are, what
they each mean to me, and how great my
love is, for each of them in measures that
have no distinction. Our adoption was
open. Jakes first-mom is part of our
lives, and she has been an instrumental
advisor, friend and source of love to our
son. We are blessed. My life would
Creating Adoptions by Heart
4605 S. Yosemite St.
Denver CO. 80237

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