I have realized three things this week.
Adoption requires many trees. or recycled paper. which used to be trees. so, sticking with original tree thought. Thank goodness I have a thing for 3 ring binders. You just can’t have enough of those around your house.
I have really bad handwriting. I used to say that it could be compared to the handwriting of a 12 year old boy, but I am retracting that. I feel like a 12 year old boy is probably in his prime with his penmanship since that is the age of writing notes to your crushes and writing to impress the teacher you have a crush on. So, now, I will compare my handwriting to that of a doctor. writing a prescription. I pity the person who has to review all of our documents.
When you are trying really hard to lose weight, you will do just about anything to get that scale down as much as possible. I have discovered that the following things work: Weighing yourself in the morning. Naked. After a piddle. Here is the list of things that do not work: Taking off your hair tie and wedding rings. Not putting product in your hair or moisturizer on your face. Standing up really straight while sucking in your stomach.
Ok, so maybe I have always known that I had the handwriting of a goon. And that the scale is always in my favor after a good nights sleep. But, I had no clue about the paperwork.
And honestly, it is really overwhelming. There are so many different applications and forms and so many different places to send them off to. Each one has a seperate fee and each one requires new references. Each application requires you to input your full name, mailing address, phone, etc… It is a LOT of repeated fill-ins and a LOT of signatures.
But, as annoying as it can seem and as much as it can raise my blood pressure from the anxiety of missing a signature page somewhere in the shuffle, I am thankful.
Thankful that there is a system set up that, from the very limited experience I have so far, seems to protect the child and not necessarily the adopting couple. And since this is my child we are talking about…I would rather it protect them first. and always.
So, if they need to background check me a few times and contact my family and friends, check our water temperature, make me write out and practice a fire/tornado drill, require me to complete 72 forms and ask for a heck of a lot of money too….well, I will be more than happy to oblige.