It wasn’t the best Hanukkah for me. Lots of drama that’s not worth getting into, so I won’t, but in between the bouts of mayhem, there was an especially sweet moment.
My mother urged me yet again to think about adoption. She knows of some baby-manifesting lawyer who gives away infants, which means that (1) she clearly has no idea what she’s talking about and (2) that she loves me.
Neither of these things is anything new, but then she said this:
Please think about adoption. Please. I know it’s not what you wanted, but you’ll love your baby so much, whoever it is. And you’ve been through so much. I know it’s expensive, and I know you feel you can’t afford it, but I’ll help you. Please, let it be my Hanukkah gift to you, and your Hanukkah gift to us.
It was the “your Hanukkah gift to us” part that made me cry. It meant that she would love any kid that I would put in her lap, which was good for me to hear because I knew that, but I didn’t really know that. It meant that she wanted grandchildren, and she didn’t care if they didn’t come from her, or didn’t come from me, or did come from a shady attorney.
It surprised me to realize how much that question had been tickling my anxiety, but I feel so much more at peace now that it’s quieted. Equally surprising is that I find I have a couple adoption questions for Mr. Baby Manifester, Esq. And I can see asking them, too. Although perhaps not quite just yet.