Tuesday, January 03, 2006
One last glance at MSNBC, to see what's goin' on in the Big Wide World Out There. One headline that caught my attention: Is Angelina Jolie Expecting? Digression: I'm not much of a celebrity-watcher, but La Jolie is followed in adoption circles due to her stated desire to have a child from every country... One photo caption that sent me ballistic: "Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, accompanied by Jolie's children, arrive at Narita Airport in suburban Tokyo on Nov. 27. Could the couple have another child of their own on the way?" (Emphasis mine.) Goddamn. I am just so tired of the "child of their own" bullshit. What, did we just borrow OmegaDotter? Is she a library book that we're expected to return as soon as the loan period is over? When I kick the bucket at age 90+, will my obituary list my 50-year-old daughter as my "adopted daughter"? Grrr. I know those who haven't adopted will think this is picayune, petty PC-ish-ness. But these attitudes, coupled with the attitudes that adoptees are inevitably Bad Seeds, castoffs from bad families, just make me growl.