“A Past Without Pictures”

My daughter's short life has been permeated by irreplaceable loss. She lost her birth family, was taken away from her birth culture, and, without any baby photos, she has no tangible record of her youngest years.

It was an innocent idea. A group of 12-year-old girls were brainstorming about how to add some fun to their soccer team's holiday party. One of the girls suggested that they all bring in baby photos, and then have everyone try to match each photo with the correct girl. While most of the girls liked the idea, my normally vivacious daughter became very quiet. Adopted at the age of nine, Lea does not have any baby photos. The oldest photo ...

My daughter was eight years old in the referral photo we received during the international adoption process. That’s the oldest photo she will ever have of herself.

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