Yesterday I was volunteering at the S.P.A.C.E. Fun-Schooling Zone with kids whose parents can't care for them because they are working and schools are closed. We were building an animal shelter out of Legos.
A little girl about age 8 asked me how I adopted my kids. I told her they were in an orphanage.
She then asked... "If their mother didn't want them why didn't she just kill them before they were born instead of putting them in an orphanage? That's legal you know. Did you get them for free?"
The little girl has a puppy she adores. I asked her a question. "If you had to move to a new home where you couldn't keep your puppy would you find it a new home or would you kill it?" She answered "I would never move to a home where I can't have my puppy!"
"SO YOU would change your plans and do what it takes to keep your puppy?"
So I asked:
"Do you think babies are as special as puppies?"
She answered "Of course babies are much more special! But what can you do if you find out you are pregnant and can't take care of a kid?"
I answered "I would do one of two things. Contact an adoption agency to find a new home for the baby, or do what it takes to change your life so you can take care of a baby. There are many families that can't have children that would love to give a baby a good home."
"OH! Did you adopt because you couldn't get pregnant?"
"No, I adopted because I volunteered at their orphanage, just like I volunteer here, and they needed a family."
"SO THEY ACTUALLY LIKED YOU?"
...Go ahead and laugh. Yes, they actually liked me.
showing his journey from the womb to his first birthday.