Every time my husband travels and I’m home doing everything myself, I realize two things: First, how much my husband actually does around here. And second, how hard it is be a single parent. To anyone who is rearing a child or children alone, for whatever reason, I say: My hat is off. You have my respect. Single parenting is not easy.
Tim is back now and I can finally take a breath. Yesterday, I took myself to see the new movie about adoption, Mother and Child. Talk about intense. The film showed adoption from multiple points of view: birth mothers, prospective adoptive parents, related family members, and the child who is adopted. The story and performances were so believable that in many parts the film was hard for me to watch. The movie drove home the complexity of adoption—the deeply felt loss and pain, and how that coexists with joy and new life. Many scenes will remain with me for a long time. I recommend Mother and Child to anyone with an interest in adoption. Go prepared to be affected.
Finally, this week I celebrated the final cover design of my book, Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir. The designer at Seal Press did a fabulous job representing the beauty of Guatemala. Mamalita will be in your local independent bookstore on November 1—for me, that’s Book Passage in Corte Madera, California—and is available now for preorder on Amazon. Click on the “Book” tab above for a link.
Hope you enjoy this beautiful weekend!