Friday, April 26, 2013
Are you a 1st. round draft pick or 2nd round pick?
Not that I am a huge football fan but someone in our family is a huge football fan and has been very interested in the draft picks . This made me think about how the players that were not chosen first felt . Did they feel any less a part of the team being picked second or third or even last ?
When I was younger I was always a second round ( well actually a tenth round or last pick ) when teams were being chosen for dodge ball or whiffle ball . I was not the best batter for whiffle ball or the fastest runner in dodge ball so I was always chosen last . I remember thinking how unfair that was . Didn't they know I had so much more to offer the team than how good an athlete I was ? To them it was more important to win the game.
On the rare occasion that I was team leader and could pick my team , I always chose the kids that were chosen last or not the best players athletically . We never won a dodge ball game or whiffle ball game but we played harder and with more determination than the other team . Sure they won, to them it was easy , but we had more determination . We all knew we were the underdogs but it did not stop us .
This "second round pick " was something that I always felt was unfair. When we started our adoption journey I knew we would choose a child that was not a "first round pick. " We wanted a child that would not be chosen first , one that was waiting longer , one that ... had something deep inside that was not visible as being perfect .
By all means I do not think that healthy children are not deserving of a family . ALL children deserve a family of their own . This is just what works for our family . There are over 143 million orphans in this world , ALL of them deserve to be loved and have a family ! And ALL of them deserve to be chosen FIRST .
When we were adopting Lucy our adoption agency told us about several children . They all sounded wonderful . But then they mentioned a little girl who had been waiting a very long time for her family to find her . She had been shuffled between adoption agencies , no one was too interested in her because of her medical condition and how she looked . I knew before even seeing her picture she was our daughter . Her photo was of a shy , tiny little crooked girl . We were in love and could not wait to get her home and kiss her .
The same scenario happened with Emilia , she could not walk . No one wanted to make her part of "their team". Gemma , her diagnosis scared so many, what could she bring to the team ? . Teresa ,well who wanted to chose a child for their team that may not stay on the team for very long or help them to " win" . That's just it , they all had something to bring to the team that wasn't about winning " the game" . The "win" was in the race and how we all ran the race . All of our children brought their own special gift with them . They all had something our team was missing .
They all are helping us to fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith.
Posted by Our Family at 4/26/2013 11:14:00 PM