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Topic: First Day of School (06/28/04)

TITLE: No One Is Like Me
By Kimberly Siddons


I am scared. This is the first day of school, and I donít know if the other kids will be nice to me or not. You see, I was adopted when I was two years old, and if the other kids find out my mom and dad are not my real mom and dad, then they might make fun of me. I donít know if I should tell them or not. I wonder if they will figure it out. My last name is the same as my mom and dadís, but if the teacher tells, what will I do?
My mom told me when I was 5 months old, my birth mom couldnít take care of me and I was put in a foster home. I donít remember any of this, and I guess that is a good thing. I only remember the mom and dad I have now. They have always been my mom and dad and they always will be. But what if the other kids find out?
Mom took me shopping and now I have all these cool clothes and a book bag and she even let me pick out my crayons and pencils. But what if none of the other kids have a book bag like mine, or crayons like mine. Then they will know I am different and they will find out that I am adopted.
Daddy told me that I didnít have anything to worry about. I didnít have to tell the kids if I didnít want to. But I know they will find out. And they might laugh at me. Mom says that I am a gift from God; that her and Daddy prayed for me to be sent to them, and I was! But the other kids might not believe that.


ďGood morning children. My name is Mrs. Randolph and I am going to be your teacher this year. I would like to start our first day of school with introductions. I would like for each of you to stand up tell us your name, where you live and something neat about you. Jeffery, would you like to go first?Ē
Oh, no, she picked me first. What can I say thatís neat about me? Thereís nothing exciting about my life. Except that Iím adoptedÖÖÖ.
ďMy name is Jeffery Simpson, and I will be 6 years old in only 20 more days! I live at 4530 Calico Road with my mom and dad. Their names are Jeff and Marie. My dadís name is like my name. Mom said her and Dad decided to name me just like my Dad because he is so proud of me.Ē
Should I tell them or not? I hope they donít laugh at me.
ďWhen I was two years old, my mom and dad adopted me. They said that they prayed to God for a baby, and God sent me to them. They said I am a special boy, and a gift from God and that is the cool thing about me.Ē
None of the kids laughed at me when I told them that I was adopted. They all smiled at me and at lunchtime, I had a lot of friends that wanted to sit with me and see what it was like to be adopted. Mrs. Randolph cried when I told everyone why I was special. She hugged me when I finished talking and told me that not only was I special but I was brave. I canít wait to go home and tell Mom and Dad about my first day of school!

Member Comments
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Julie Pisacane07/05/04
This was beautifully written and touched my heart. Blessings, Julie Pisacane
L.M. Lee07/05/04
one of my good friends in jr. high was adopted. i use to be so jealous of her, because her parents had really wanted her, it took a lot of work to adopt a baby...anyone could get pregnant!
Theresa Knight07/06/04
Wonderful story! Well done!
Kevin Kindrick07/06/04

I truly enjoyed your article. A great read, and touching. Thank you.
Melanie Kerr 07/08/04
That was really tender hearted. I liked the way that you captured the honesty and immediacy of his fears.