Saturday, September 8, 2012

In our humble opinion, demeaning

The only time you will see the phrase "Gotcha Day" in this blog, is in this entry, and only in the first sentence.  Wikipedia says Barbara Bizou states in her book that the phrase "is designed to show your adopted child how much you wanted him and that every year you continue to cherish him."  Whether wikipedia is accurate or not, to me, the phrase is demeaning, it demeans the enormity of the moment.  The moment when you meet the child or children that you are ready to take into your home for the rest of your lives.  To care for them, love them, and provide for them what hasn't been provided to them in the past.  This moment is "encuentro", a very special moment, full of tears, full of anxiety, full of happiness, full of the unknown.  Very simply "first encounter".


  1. From a stll waiting family.September 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Very thought provoking. Thank you.