I've been back from the open adoption symposium in Virginia for two weeks now and I'm still not sure how to start talking about it. It was like the best of our internet world brought to life for three wonderful days. I even managed to make it through my presentation without humiliating myself (I think). (Thank you to everyone who came and stuck it out during the last session on the last day!)
One of the many highlights was the keynote address by open adoption advocate Jim Gritter. He spoke on what he calls hospitious adoption: the idea of open adoption as a series of acts of hospitality. (We definitely need to unpack that one some more, don't you think?) Listening to someone whose work played a part in the very shape of my family life was pretty incredible.
The evening of his keynote, Todd and I were hanging out in the hotel lounge with internet friends. And Todd decides to bust out with a rap he wrote after hearing the speech. Yes, a rap. About hospitious adoption. (Todd...does that sort of thing. I can't explain it.) Then, somehow, he's over at Jim Gritter's table performing it for him. I was simultaneously horrified and impressed.
There is even video, so you can share in the moment, too. If you dare.