A “Dear Birthparent” letter.
One of my friends from high school has been struggling with infertility for years, and she and her husband are now starting the adoption process. They have to write a letter to the mother of a child up for adoption telling her about themselves and why they should to be the couple to adopt her baby.
And she asked me for help.
My friend and her husband are fabulous people – smart, well-educated, stable in their careers, totally in love with each other and their marriage is strong. They’re funny, loving, and caring, and they will make fabulous parents to the child who is lucky enough to get them. But they want to make sure their letter is the best it can be since it will be one of the first things the birthparent will see.
So she sent it to me to see what I thought.
I could say I’m honored, but that wouldn’t begin to describe it. This is one of the most important things they’ll ever write and they want my help. My input. My advice. I’ve been asked to read a lot of things for a lot of people, but never something that had this kind of import. (That query letter I critted last week – while important to the author – just doesn’t seem the same now.)
My fingers and toes are crossed the birthparent will see this letter and know that my friend and her husband are the right choice for her baby. And if my comments on their letter made it stronger and helped the birthparent see how fabulous this couple is… wow. It makes me glad I majored in English in the first place.
Kinda puts that “Dear Reader” letter I have to write into perspective…