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Topic: Hope (05/04/06)
TITLE: The Gift
By Stefanie Noonan
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“How lucky she is to have been adopted.” I am often told. “How lucky she is to have you.” My response remains constant, “We’re the lucky ones.” How could we have known the bundle handed to us seven years ago would be the best decision of our entire marriage. The fruition of a dream planted in my heart at only ten years of age. Hope fulfilled beyond measure. A flash of contemplation skims across her face now and again. “What was my mommy’s name?” She asks. “We do not know.” I tell her. “Then I will call her Angel.” She says so confidently. “Mommy, what do you think Angel looks like?” She asks. “I would guess she is a beauty just like her little girl.” I tell her. “Do you think I can see her some day?” She inquires so innocently. My heart aches knowing the reality of that question. “We can always hope.” I smile.
Seven years of joy have now filled my heart and my home. Seven spoiled rotten American birthdays have passed so quickly. Yet on each she has not forgotten. We have not forgotten. “Mommy, let’s pray for Angel.” She says. And so we do knowing that she too is thinking of the little girl she named, “A little light”. We will remember her forever, grateful for her gift of love. With her chocolate hand in mine we bow our heads and pray for the woman with thick flowing jet black hair cascading down her shoulders. Her luminous brown eyes that must dance like the sun's rays against the water.
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