Adoption Poem “The Call” by Emmy’s Mom

The Call

by Susan Farese
March, 2013

 

Just a typical day at the mall it was,

In June, Nineteen ninety-eight…

My cell phone ringing: “Hello” I said

Thus this call indeed transformed our fate…

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A three-person conference call (I’ll never forget)

My hubby, me, and one other…

Our adoption coordinator extraordinaire

(Will I finally become a mother)???

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Would we welcome and love this “infant girl”

To cherish, raise, teach & protect?

Many months of waiting (was our quest truly over)?

Our hearts filled with hope to connect…

*

Just one month old, this sweet precious baby

We’d receive the mailed video soon.

We’d visit the orphanage next month via jet

And hope to read her “Goodnight, Moon”!

*

My husband and I pledged yes on the spot

To bring this all to fruition

True joy but along with it many unknowns

Adoptive parenting would be our new lifetime mission!

*

We finished the conference call, I was in shock

My heart swelled with pure loving care

Would I be able to mother her well?

I contemplated with much prayer…

*

There were tears in my eyes and joy in my soul

From my purse I found a store receipt

And with eyeliner jotted down all of the notes

From that ultimate phone call, so sweet!

*

Then I ran right into a store in the mall,

Bath and Body Works it turned out to be

Adrenaline pumping, my arms filled with Goosebumps

Shouted “I’m going to be a Mom!” with glee!

*

The sales team was so very nice to me

A memento box I bought on a whirl!

I filled it with congratulations cards we received

Months later for our precious little girl.

*

Our bundle of heartfelt joy joined our lives

Kindred spirits bonded emotionally

We celebrated with family and friends

Sang her lullabies, rocked her, hubby and me…

*

Time certainly flies, each minute, week, month

Then all of a sudden a year

We’ve been blessed with our daughter

Connected forever,

When I think of her, I grin, ear to ear…

*

Now it’s been nearly 15 years from that day

…My significant visit to the mall

It took this long to convey in a poem

The significance of that magical call!

The memory boxwith congratulations

The memory box
with congratulations

Photo on top of the memory box:
Susan with daughter Emmy

Susan feeding daughter Emmy

Susan feeding
daughter Emmy

Comments

  1. Brenda Baker says:

    I remember as if it were YESTERDAY!!! What a wonderful memory.

  2. Susan Farese says:

    Thank you dear Brenda. Words are not enough!

  3. john reubens says:

    Susan you are great.. Your writing is amazing.. could not have been a better match.. yes it seems like just yesterday we were getting photos of this beautiful little baby in a green velvet dress…

  4. Susan Farese says:

    Thank you John!

  5. Congratulations! A call you will never forget I am sure! And two lives made better as / by one.

  6. Constance Heidari says:

    This was so beautiful Susan! Congratulations to you all forever. 🙂

  7. Susan Farese says:

    Thank you Luanne and Marisha, for your wonderful blog. It is heartwarming, educational, artistic and very interesting. What a way to share with the world!

  8. niki blacker says:

    susan your poem brought tears to my eyes.i remember it all so well.i love it.

  9. Susan Farese says:

    Thank you Constance and Niki. Yes, Niki, the truth, from the heart.

  10. Thanks for checking out our blog!

  11. My heart is bursting! What a beautiful poem.

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