"Are They Related?"

Anyone can see my boys' love for each other. So why does it matter whether or not they're biologically related?

I wish I had an answer to that million-dollar question. Every time some stranger taps me on the shoulder in the checkout line, I want to clear my throat and deliver a well-rehearsed speech. But I don't. Because, even though I've been an adoptive mother for several years now, that question trips me up every time: "Are they brothers?" Sometimes I can feel it coming when a person opens her mouth. I feel my throat tighten and my pulse quicken. ...

My sons have a deep and enduring bond. So why do people need to know if they’re real brothers?


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