Coincidentally, today also marks the first day of November NaBloPoMo . No, that’s not an unspeakable sex act. It’s the November edition of National Blog Posting Month, a blog ritual for over-zealous bloggers who promise to blog every day on a designated topic each month. Topics that only the most abstract students of 19th century British literature can appreciate fully, such as “return” and “between,” November, however is the open month, which means we can choose our own bloviation. My subject, naturally is adoption.
I successfully completed the 2009 November NaBloPoMo none the worse for wear but full of wonderment that I succeeded. . You’d be surprised, though, at the topics that land in your brain when you are desperate to cross the finish line. 2010 November NaBloPoMo was more difficult.. I finished exhausted, but finished. This year, due to my summer hiatus I feel up to it–so far. There is so much to write about that surely I can fill up 30 days as easily as filling up water balloon and dropping it on the head of an adoptacrat below. I’ve got several topics lined up so far. It’s just a matter of time and articulation.
Today I had planned to comment on suggested NAAM activities listed on the web, but decided commentary would be anti-climatic, so I’ll post some links for your enjoyment instead.. adoption.com furnishes us with a calendar of daily celebratory events: a dinner table discussion of the history of NAAM; cooking with child (adoptees beware!); helping your library set up an adoption book display, surprising your child with a few Chinese or Russian words; creating an adoption family tradition ( GOTCHA?)!; and adoption stories. (aren’t they all?) My favorite is the activity for November 28: spend some time at a maternity home. Is that an order? My mother been there done that. Look what she got out of it. Or didn’t.
Self proclaimed adoption expert and gadfly Mardie Cardwell suggests we
- donate money to adoption foundations; especially Mardie Cardwell’s Lifetime Adoption Foundation.
- suggest adoption books to your local library; especially books by Mardie Cardwell
- learn more about Positive Adoption Language, a pet project of Mardie Cardwell
- order adoption prayer bracelets designed and sold by Mardie Cardwell.
Here’s a suggestion . Let’s change the name of National Adoption Awareness Month to National Mardie Cardwell Awareness Month.
NAAM also brings lifers out en force pounding their hammers on the heads of adoptees who exhibit insufficient gratitude for all the work the fetus savers have done in “our” sacred name. Right to Life, Students for Life, Feminists for Life, Democrats for Life, Priests for Life, Life Issues, Institute, the American Life League, Human Life International.will howl incessantly on how adoption saves
fetuses baybees for adoption-the-loving-option (which it doesn’t)–and btw, send us money. By publicly celebrating the spurious”life saving” elements of adoption, lifers and their ilk can hide their aggressive hatred of Class Bastard and pantless parents who fail to appreciate their efforts and would like more than anything for them to go back to their pews and mind their own business.
So welcome to National Adoption Awareness Month and November NaBloPoMo. Bastardette won’t shut up. We hope you won’t either.