On this day, exactly 20 years ago, a very special little girl was born.
She was born to a young mother and was part of a set of quintuplets.
The beautiful young lady had her hands full. Alas, as is too often the case, she could not keep all of them. Her family was very supportive and wanted to help, but they still had young children at home themselves. There was no help for it, they would have to be adopted out…
Unfortunately, few are able to take on several infants at one time, so the children had to be separated.
Much as it pained me to separate the only baby girl from her siblings, and a mother who obviously loved her dearly, I could only take one…
Six weeks after the birth, after intensive interviews by the concerned grandparents, the adoption went through and I arrived to pick-up my newest family member.
Her birth mother sat forlornly on her bed, slightly dazed and confused as I approached. The other babies had already been picked up by their new families, leaving only mine. I stroked her hair, apologized profusely for taking her last baby…
With a bittersweet mixture of sorrow and joy, lifted my tiny, wiggling new daughter into my arms. And with one last sad goodbye to the birth mother, we were off to start our new life together.
It’s been a grand 20 years and I’m so grateful to have such a special little girl in my life. Watching her grow and learn, has been worth every tear, every sacrifice.
Happy Birthday, Sheera Cat! 🙂
Had you going there for while, didn’t I?