From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

August 19

Three months before my first child was born, I began gathering baby things. I already had some clothes of mine, some of my dad’s that my grandmother had saved, and some that my mother and grandmother had crocheted years before.

I’m not very good at crafts, but it was important to me to handmake the pillows and quilts and skirts for a bassinet. Then I went shopping.

She arrived on her due date in the tradition of the great Caesar. When she was placed in my arms, I looked down at her face and said,“Hi.”

When it was time to bring her home, we dressed her in Dad’s delicate baby dress and small, pretty cap and a pair of the crocheted booties.

The first friends we talked to asked what she looked like and I blurted out, “She looks like us!” Before that moment, I hadn’t even thought about it. But 10 months later, someone else thought she did, too: the judge who approved our adoption.

Colleen Judy Farris

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