"The woman's voice on the other end of the line sounded unfamiliar. As I was right in the middle of cooking dinner for my family, I paid little attention to her words,
"Hi - this is your mother."
Without any hesitation, I quickly responded,
"I am sorry: you must have the wrong number.
Again, this woman insisted she was my mother, but never specifically asked for anyone by name.
Politely, I ended our call. At the time, it never crossed my mind that the woman on the telephone might have been the woman who had placed me for adoption at birth"
(an excerpt from contributing author JoAnne Bennett from Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age: An Anthology--edited by Laura Dennis-- and now available in paperback and Kindle through Amazon.com)
As a contributor to this book myself, I feel honored to have taken part in this project. I was reading through the list of contributing authors and was shocked to realize that I know each one of them through on-line friendships or from reading their blogs or other writings. It seems the adoption community is getting both larger and smaller at the same time and I have hope that with this book and others like it that the adoptee voice and perspective will be getting more consideration in the adoption world.
Today I am interviewing JoAnne Bennett about her amazing story in this book.
Lynn: Good morning, JoAnne! I am excited to do this interview at the suggestion of our hilarious and amazing editor and fellow author, Laura Dennis. She makes adoption so much fun to talk about!
I have a few questions for you so let's get started.
1. JoAnne, you mention finding your maternal birth family and learn of a buried secret -- did you feel a close connection with your maternal side?
2. You don't mention your birth father in your essay. As an adoptee still seeking my own birth father I am curious -- can you share the circumstances or your thoughts on him?
3. You mention kind strangers who helped you along the way in your adoption search. Can you share more about these kind strangers?
JoAnne: A 95-year-old man called me long distance and said that he had his wife dial my phone number because he was blind. He just wanted me to know that he and wife were praying for me after receiving my letter inquiring if he happened to know the identity of my birth father.
Lynn: I like the advice you give to adoptive parents in your essay, JoAnne. . . that was a great idea because my experience of adoptive parents these days are parents who want to know better how to guide and raise this generation of adoptees.
It is my hope through this anthology and others like it, we will provide the tools to accomplish just that and one day, adoption mythology will be a thing of the past and the issues we adopted people face will be textbook knowledge and will be part of adoption certification and therapist education of the future.
Visit JoAnne at her blog.
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