As usual I was listening to NPR on the way home tonight and my ears naturally perked up when I heard the “A” word. Russian Adoption Case Belies Many Happy Adoptions was the title of Eric Weiner’s piece about his precious adopted daughter – his “Buddha Baby” as he called her. There is no way that this dedicated and loving Dad’s love for his little girl is any stronger or more special than a biological father’s love for his child. One of my favorite lines was when he said that “love trumps genetics”. If you didn’t hear his story, I encourage you to pop over and listen. It will warm your heart and reinforce that adoption is a blessing.
It’s kind of ironic that on this day too, I received news from my daughter about an issue with my granddaughter that is possibly related to DNA passed down from my birth-mother. It’s nothing life-or-death related, praise God, but it is enough to cause us all concern. My stomach lurched when I first learned of the issue and second to concern for my granddaughter, the strongest emotion I felt was anger. In addition to the irrational guilt that I feel for this thing potentially coming through my DNA, anger that I thought I had buried toward my birth-mother surfaced almost immediately.
DNA, heritage, history, all of it doesn’t stand a chance next to the love I have for my granddaughter.
Something resonated when I heard him say it, and now I echo the words of Eric Weiner.
Love Trumps Genetics. Every Time.