"The Waiting Garden"

After my dream of a family through domestic adoption had been planted, it grew in the warm soil of my backyard.

The seed catalogs came on a frigid winter day. There was almost nothing I wanted more. In a garden, you get results. If a seed doesn't sprout, you plant something else. Water your plants, fertilize them, put shade plants in the shade and sun lovers in the sun, and you will succeed — a formula that seemed to me to be completely unlike adoption. When China forbade parents who'd recently had cancer from adopting, we left our first agency. When ...

After my dream of a family through adoption had been planted, it grew in the warm soil of my backyard.

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