"The Second Half of My Life"

Everyone told me adopting as an older parent was out of character for me. But I filled my role easily.

Adopting as an older parent worked for Sheila Stainback
Each day when I return home from work, I hear Charles' soft, baby voice: "Mommy, my mommy." I always reply, "My baby, my baby." He presses his nose against mine and encircles my neck in his tiny arms. It's our routine as I take over from his caregiver and resume the most rewarding job of my life — being a mother. I can see I'm going to have to start putting away money for that child's psychiatrist bills. That was ...

I had been a hard-driving reporter and happily single. But now, I was ready for something more.

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