“I am not a bridge”

A beautiful post by Ethnically Incorrect Daughter on Relative Choices

I love this part:

Perhaps the role of the adoptive parent could be viewed, not so much as
a bridge, but as a builder of bridges, connecting their children to
themselves and their ethnicities. As parents, the ability to find and
develop the tools is in their hands, not in the hands of their
children. Of course, there is no one solution or guarantee that it
would achieve the desired outcome. I don’t think it should be a matter
of end result, but of preparing a child to deal with the challenges
they face as they come into their own.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

3 thoughts

  1. her article is beautiful… i totally love that quote about building bridges rather than being bridges. you’ve heard of the new children’s book “motherbridge of love” right? i haven’t read it but the reviews make me *groan*
    see ya soon~

  2. Jae Ran, that was absolutely my favorite part as well. It’s a lovely and inspiring metaphor. I even commented on it. I saw that you had the first comment there yourself.

  3. LOVED it, and got my comment posted, which in a way was a response to Janowitz too (whose name I hate to even mention in this context.) Some of the naysayers to her post seem kind of dim, like they are reading some other blog entry or something, but I am glad she got a lot of positive comments too.

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