Teen son of lesbian moms speaking on family diversity [John Raible Online]
Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student, spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum on Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Wahls has two mothers, and came to oppose Resolution 6 which would end civil unions in Iowa. This is not a story about transracial adoption, but it is nevertheless directly related to fully supporting family diversity, so I want to share it with readers of my blog. I think you will find it moving and inspiring–and it only takes 3 minutes to watch.
Thanksgiving Envy [Korean American story.org]
Last year my husband and I hosted a wonderful thanksgiving with friends and my mom. It was a special thanksgiving because my mom usually hosts thanksgiving in her house (six hours away) with several of my brothers and sisters. This year, my husband and I hosted thanksgiving for many of the same friends as last year. Normally, I love hosting big family-like gatherings. But this year something was off for me. I was missing my Korean mother. My umma. I fell asleep late the night before thanksgiving thinking about her. The next morning I had a surprising realization. After interviewing fellow adoptee Marja Vongerichten the week before, I realized that I was envious of her. One could easily be envious of Marja because of the rich and famous lifestyle she has been blessed with but it wasn’t her lifestyle that I was envious of (well maybe a little.) Rather, it is the fact that she has such a close relationship now with her Korean mother. Her Korean mother lives right here in New York, as does Marja, so she sees her often. I want that.