The Miracle of 2017
It's the day after Christmas and for the first time in a week, my house is quiet. While my kids are skiing down the slopes of Mount Hood, I'm taking some time to write, to reflect on the year, which unfolded in ways I never could have imagined.
On August 18, I found my biological father, whom I’ve wanted to know since I was old enough to understand what it meant to be adopted. Years ago, he searched for me, too, his only child, but perhaps the time wasn’t right. I believe that things happen, that people connect, when they’re supposed to.
As it turns out, he’s a well-known, award-winning poet and novelist, the author of eleven books and a twelfth forthcoming. And the way I found him? Through writing. Through an essay-writing class I took over the summer in which we wrote about a family secret, among other topics. Writing about being adopted--about feeling like a secret myself, about the void I'd always felt not knowing my genetic past and family--spurred me to search for my birth parents in earnest. Once I started searching, it was as if angels appeared to steer me in the right direction.
During the last few months, I’ve been devouring my father's books and his sweet notes, his writing as beautiful and brilliant as he, and each day, I fall harder in love. It's uncanny how many of our passions overlap—our love of literature, music, the outdoors, hiking, good wine. The list goes on. Definitely a nod to nature. It’s also interesting to finally know my ancestry, Irish and French Canadian. There’s much more to discover and perhaps write about, if and when the time is right. For now, though, I'm just soaking it all up, and above all, feeling grateful for this pure love that has come into my life.
As for running, it's a relief to have finally qualified for Boston in December after chasing it for three years! I'm grateful for my fantastic coach, elite runner Katie Kellner, and a running program, Hansons, that works. In 2018, I'll work with Coach Katie to meet a new, challenging running goal that I can't wait to tackle and write about soon.
Happy holidays to you and yours and all best wishes for the new year!