Monday, October 15, 2012

Someone Else's Miracle

Someone Else's Miracle. Stitched words;  Gave Up a Child for Adoption. Xylene photo transfer on tea-stained muslin. Hand beading and embroidery. Lightly red penciled lips. 25" x 19", unframed; 31" x 25", framed.  Click on image to enlarge.

For well over fifteen years I framed photos and child's artwork for at least six or seven different mothers who told me that their child was adopted, a totally wonderful "miracle". Tears leaked out of the corners of their eyes when they brought in one-year old birthday pictures and recounted the "gift" of first holding the baby just the year before. It was always a pleasure.... always a miracle. I never really thought about how difficult it must have been for the birth mother.... making a "miracle" come true, making a decision like this.


The rest of this story: I know the fabulously talented artist who made this bittersweet decision years ago. I've known her for many of the years since the '80s hair style. She's now the mother of a teenage son.  She recently got married (2009). She is again a mother of a beautiful infant boy. Even more, she is a Facebook friend with the young man she once gave up! The miracle has come full circle.

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