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storiesbyjb · 11M ago

Pause and Rewind

October 23, 2012 “Bursting into tears, I remember feeling like we all do at times, “I was just a number again, not a human being.” Downtrodden by her choice of words in such a delicate matte...
storiesbyjb · 1Y ago

Moving Mountains

Ever since I was a young girl, I believed I could move mountains that would change the world. My long-time friend, Cathy, died back in 2008 from a rare, aggressive form of breast cancer. I s...
storiesbyjb · 1Y ago

What do they see through their pain and bitterness?

My oldest birth sister and I haven’t spoken in over 15 years. She called back in 2001 to tell me that our brother, who our mother had also raised, passed away. I started to cry. I remember s...
storiesbyjb · 1Y ago

Mother’s Day 2016

I’ve been thinking about my mother who gave birth to me. We missed out on getting to know each other. Searching for her in my late 30s, I disappointedly learned that she passed away when I w...
storiesbyjb · 1Y ago

Our Given Name

They must have known I lost my name and wrote this clever, fun book for once-little girls just like me. Maybe I could write my own book :). I believe when society includes the word “adoption...
storiesbyjb · 1Y ago

Two mothers

I am assuming she must have done something very bad. However, for a brief moment that we made eye contact as two mothers, it didn’t matter. While sitting in the waiting room at the hospital ...
storiesbyjb · 1Y ago

Take Your Pick

When I was searching for my birth father, the old-timers mentioned three separate names as possibilities. None of the people I contacted seemed to be positive about who my mother, a lonely m...
storiesbyjb · 1Y ago

Outside the Lines

As a young girl, I can’t remember spending any time being creative. I am not even sure I ever had a box of crayons or a coloring book. Our home only had oils paintings displayed of the magni...
storiesbyjb · 1Y ago

Never Shut Yourself Off

Back when I was a freshman in high school, I lived with a family far away from our new home. Long story, but it wasn’t because of anything I had done wrong. The truth is that my parents didn...
storiesbyjb · 1Y ago

My Most-Deeply Moving Gift for 2015

I received a wonderful surprise in the mail from my 94-year-old aunt by adoption. My aunt gave me a replacement copy of a cherished book that she had randomly sent me as a gift back when I w...