"The Blank Spaces"

In this personal essay, one woman describes her fears for her toddler's future based on extensive prenatal alcohol exposure — but finds she can't be angry at his birth mom.

One mom describes her fears for her adopted child after prenatal alcohol exposure.
I do not know much about my youngest son's first mother. I hold the flimsy intake form detailing her social history. Her personal details dot the sheets of paper at irregular intervals: name, height, weight, complexion. I stare at the form, trying to make sense of the information. Most of her story is told in the blank spaces, the difficult questions left unanswered. I pore over the missing bits and fill them in with my own inferences. I weave the ...

I am angry at the price my son has to pay for his birth mother’s decision to drink while pregnant — but I can’t be angry at her.

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