JANUARY 30

JANUARY 30

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

January 30

I would be facing motherhood as a single woman, so I wanted to start with a new and innocent baby who could ease me into the trials and joys of parenting. Then a girl’s image on the television demanded my attention.“I need a mom who can help me become a young woman,” the 12-year-old said. And I surrendered myself to adoption.

The call I finally got was for a boy whose mother was a drug addict. Michael was in the hospital with a broken leg. “We think his foster mother did it,” the social worker told me.

Ultimately, it was Michael’s younger brother and sister that I was able to adopt. My daughter was born addicted to heroin. Both she and her brother have seen more grief than someone three times their age, and they require medication just to behave normally.

My kids are demanding. They will get right in your face, screaming in frustration, then turn around and cling to you, arms squeezing the breath out of you.“I need you,” they’re saying. “Can you love me?” And I answer with satisfaction, “Yes, I love you.”

Pamela J. Chandler

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