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mothermade · 7M ago

The Fragility of Return

Home.That word conjures so many emotions. Some feel the warmth of a family quilt, smell homemade baked goods or hear the consoling purr of a kitten.Since returning to my home in Wisconsin af...
mothermade · 9M ago

Happy Relinquishment!

Shocking, right? How could I say such a thing to anyone?Well, the words, “Happy Birthday!” feel that way to me. That joyous day when we all celebrate our entry into the world … that day elud...
mothermade · 10M ago

Death, the Bookmark

My life is marked by death.Stickies on the worn pages.Each a misaligned tab to start a chapterOf a life filled with loss.August 16, 1977, I watch Hogan’s Heros.My mother in the kitchen cooki...
mothermade · 12M ago

Korea: I’m shattered.

Dated January 23, 2016, on flight KE037 …I am fragments.The First maternal fragment,Is my flesh and blood —A round ass, dark hair —Slant eyes.I imagine her now as an “Ajumma”Peeling chestnut...
mothermade · 7M ago

Korea: My Village

Today, my Seoul mates celebrated the Lunar New Year together in the house that is KoRoot, a home to adult Korean adoptees from around the world. Having no extended Korean family to visit, I ...
mothermade · 7M ago

Twinkie Chronicles: The China Doll has Children.

“Ain’t she just the cutest ‘China doll’! You’ns must be mighty proud of her.”My mother’s face would mangle and turn blood red, no matter who said it. “She’s my daughter, and she’s Korean, no...
mothermade · 7M ago

Fighting Affluenza

The last few days, my husband’s coworkers shared their love of the great Korean outdoors and hosted our family in the mountains of Muju, South Korea. Outfitted with skis and passes, our kids...
mothermade · 7M ago

The Dandelion Seed

Since moving to Korea, I have looked into the eyes of mothers, young ones and old ones. Of course, I am more thorough in my scanning as I look into the eyes of older mothers. The tired women...
mothermade · 7M ago

Dear Non-Adoptee …

Dearest Non-Adoptee,Remember the innocence of childhood? I suspect you asked your mother, as my own children do, about that day you entered the world. It’s magical to think of that first bre...
mothermade · 7M ago

Love is enough, until it’s gone.

Blocked from knowing my history, a product of the Baby Box theory, I only remember the love of one family. It wasn’t the choice of my adoptive family (or what I will refer to as “my family” ...