As we speak, one of my very good friends is in the final stretch of her "paper pregnancy".
She is delivering.
She is delivering a little girl from being parentless.
She is delivering her child from the feeling that she is not wanted in a family.
Her "pregnancy" lasted 11 months and it involved mountains of paperwork and phone calls and sleepless nights and anguish.
Her "labor pains" began a few days ago when she and her family boarded a plane bound for China.
At the peak of the delivery, a pain that could not be eased by any medication: she had to bear witness to the suffering of another's pain, as the time came for her daughter's caretaker to let go.
But now her daughter has been bathed and swaddled, and is wrapped in her mother's embrace.
An embrace that will carry this girl through her lifetime.
Congratulations, Lori and Dart.
Happy Family Day, little Butterfly.....
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