October 02, 2011

Virginia: In Which My Husband Raps for My Personal Hero

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.

8 comments:

Mama C/Catherine said...

I am really excited to read more on the keynote, and your other gold nuggets from the event, or gold bricks as it were. Would you consider publishing your piece? Thought of you all there, and was so happy to think of so many good folks in one place with such strong intentions. Only good can come of that!

Lavender Luz said...

I'm so glad that moment was captured on video -- it's a gem.

Your reaction was priceless, too!

Monika said...

I think "unpacking that one a bit more" is a fabulous idea. I would've loved to have heard that speech, but alas, I wasn't there. As I told you before, FABULOUS video. And you can tell hubby I said so again. :-)

luna said...

best use of a password I've seen in a while!

tell todd he is now MY personal hero. awesome.

Todd said...

It wasn't until I saw the video that I realized how much I embarrassed you, Sorry about that. I was slightly bummed about my performance, the poor lighting had me stumbling over my chicken scratch writing. Thanks for highlighting me in your blog, I feel loved.

Cindy said...

I think you have some real talent Todd.
The hand gestures were also hilarious.

Todd said...

@Luna - No, you rock.

cynthia said...

Its an indication of how completely I got sucked into my life that I am only now reading this. I loooved having you all here, your presentation absolutely rocked, and Todd's rap? Well really, there are no words. So very lucky I got to see it in person. You guys are the best.

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