It's with many of you in mind that I share this simple but fantastic "word picture" (below) that helps give a visual representation of adoption. Maybe the popsicle stick bridge will come to mind when you see a family that has recently (or not so recently) adopted and is working on attachment, behavior, manners or learning to love phase of construction. It's a "beautiful work of art" in process!
Picture the popsicle stick bridge and admire the construction you see going on with affirmation or perhaps offer your help during the construction phase!
Written by another adoptive Mama -
"Raising a bio child is like building a bridge out of popsicle sticks, taking one stick at a time and securing it to another with glue until you build a work of art. When you adopt a 4 year old, rather than starting one stick at a time, you start with a pile of sticks loosely formed into a bridge, and the goal is to hold it together while you go back and glue each piece, making adjustments without completely destroying the framework of what is inherently there, to form an equally beautiful work of art. A daunting task, but a worthy challenge!"