I am not a reward for the risk you might take in adopting me. I am not the subject of a Hallmark story or a Lifetime story.
I am not the subject of any story but my own, which should be mine to share, or not share, as I see fit.
I am not a magical being who joined my current family because they (ping!) “made a wish.” I got here because they went through the long, often frustrating, adoption process.
I am not Jesus Christ. My birth did not “redeem” anyone, and my mother was not damned until she decided to give me up, and she is not a heroine for having done so.
I am not an item you can purchase.
Finally, I am not the offspring of an infertile man and a woman who never gave birth.
I AM PART OF THE ADOPTION COMMUNITY*. Stop leaving me out and stop speaking for me.
*Try having an adoption community without the adoptees and let us know how that went, ‘kay?