Tuesday, January 25, 2011

By Plane or Boat. . .

If you don't know me in real life then you probably don't know that I was an adoption social worker for 5 years at a domestic adoption agency in Boston.  I LOVED that job and I have a passion for adoption.  

I came across this article the other day and only wish I would have known about it while I was an adoption social worker.  It would have been so helpful in my work with pre-adoptive couples.  I want to share it with all of you now in hopes that it can help one of my readers.  I think it is a beautiful article.  Let me know your thoughts!

By Plane or Boat, It's Worth the Trip
April 21, 1995|By Abigail Van Buren, Universal Press Syndicate

DEAR ABBY: Enclosed is an article my daughter, Diane Armitage, wrote. Her message is directed to childless couples who are considering adoption. (Diane is the mother of two adopted children.)
Perhaps you will consider it worth publishing.
Kathryn Reinalada, Blairstown, NJ

Dear Kathryn: I'm delighted to share what your daughter wrote, and I'm sure many readers will appreciate its insight. 

Different Trips to the Same Place 

Deciding to have a baby is like planning a trip to Australia. You've heard it's a wonderful place, you've read many guidebooks and feel certain you're ready to go. Everyone you know has traveled there by plane. They say it can be a turbulent flight with occasional rough landings, but you can look forward to being pampered on the trip. 

So you go to the airport and ask the ticket agent for a ticket to Australia. All around you, excited people are boarding planes for Australia. It seems there is no seat for you; you'll have to wait for the next flight. Impatient, but antici pating a wonderful trip, you wait -- and wait -- and wait. 

Flights to Australia continue to come and go. People say silly things like, "Relax. You'll get on a flight soon." Other people actually get on a plane and then cancel their trip, to which you cry, "It's not fair!" 

After a long time the ticket agent tells you, "I'm sorry, we're not going to be able to get you on a plane to Australia. Perhaps you should think about going by boat." 

"By boat!" you say. "Going by boat will take a very long time and it costs a great deal of money. I really had my heart set on going by plane." So you go home and think about not going to Australia at all. You wonder if Australia will be as beautiful if you approach it by sea rather than air. But you have long dreamed of this wonderful place, and finally you decide to travel by boat. 

It is a long trip, many months over many rough seas. No one pampers you. You wonder if you will ever see Australia. Meanwhile, your friends have flown to Australia two or three more times, marveling about each trip.
Then one glorious day, the boat docks in Australia. It is more exquisite than you ever imagined, and the beauty is magnified by your long days at sea. You have made many wonderful friends during your voyage, and you find yourself comparing stories with others who also traveled by sea rather than by air. 

People continue to fly to Australia as often as they like, but you are able to travel only once, perhaps twice. Some say things like, "Oh, be glad you didn't fly. My flight was horrible; traveling by sea is so easy."

You will always wonder what it would have been like to fly to Australia. Still, you know God blessed you with a special appreciation of Australia, and the beauty of Australia is not in the way you get there, but in the place itself.

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