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 Category:  Family Non-Fiction
  Posted: February 10, 2020      Views: 41

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I've been writing poetry for several years now. Some are serious. Some are funny. Some are of a Christian faith. I pride myself in being able to write a poem about almost anything. Give me a subject and I'll give you a poem. It takes m - more...

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Becoming a Mom
"Parenthood" by Patty Palmer

My husband and I were in the process to adopt a child. One day our caseworker called to tell us that she had a little boy we might be interested in adopting. His name is Timmy. She told us about him and set it up the next day to bring him to our house for all of us to meet. She had already told him about us and he was excited!

We were excited and just to stack the deck in our corner, we bought him a puppy that morning! They showed up at our house at 4:00 p.m. Timmy was the cutest little guy. He was eight years old and had a huge grin. The caseworker told us she would be back to get him in a few hours.

He was a lively kid and his laughter was contagious. He was full of excitement! When we gave him the puppy, he was surprised that the puppy belonged to him. He decided to name him Tootsie Roll. A name fit for any proud beagle!

I had cooked macaroni and cheese and hamburgers for dinner. His brain was going a mile a minute. He had questions for us. Was this really going to be his forever home? Could we make his bedtime later than what his foster mom made him go to bed? Could we have macaroni and cheese for supper every night? And, was the puppy really his?

The move was set for the next afternoon after school let out for the weekend. When we were finishing putting his things away, he asked if he could have something to eat. It wasn't what he said, but how he said it. What he said was, "Mommy, can I have something to eat?" My heart skipped a beat at the word, mommy. I sent him downstairs so he wouldn't see my tears. How I had longed to hear the name mommy. My husband asked what I was crying for and I told him because Timmy had asked for something to eat. Looking at me weird he said,
"Gee, I hope he doesn't ask for Sunday dinner because you'll flood the entire house!" Laughing, I told him that Timmy had called me mommy for the first time. He gave me an understanding hug.''

That was on a Friday. He would be attending the same school since we lived in the same area. He started to school on Wednesday. Thursday the principal called me on the phone to ask for permission to paddle him! Welcome to parenthood!

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That little boy is now 47 years old and has made us grandparents of two adorable girls.
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