Today marks the one-year anniversary of Hard-boiled Dreams of the World!
And, since the definition of anniversary means to return to the same point, the nature of this post be a smack in the face from last year’s reality, which was returning from Guatemala City with a beautiful baby girl…
One year later, the histrionic Main Stream Media is spinning Guatemala adoptions in a negative light, claiming mothers are coerced into giving up their babies, that Guatemala is a baby farm, that adoptions are run by private lawyers thereby making the process open to corruption.
The touted solution? Put the process in the hands of the government! Yes, the world is well aware that politicians are sooooo much less corrupt than lawyers.
Trying to stay focused on the truth and not the spin, U.S. ambassador to Guatemala James Derham said earlier this month:
We have thousands of cases of Guatemalan children who have been adopted to the United States and have had terrific experiences as adoptive children there and frankly have probably experienced a life more full of opportunity and support than they would have if they had been abandoned in Guatemala.
What’s more, Kristen Bristol of Rhode Island gives these facts about the so-called lax Guatemalan adoption process in her comment at Anderson Cooper’s blog:
1) The birth mother is required to sign off on the adoption no less than FOUR times during the process. She has until the very end (longer than birth mothers in the U.S.) to change her mind.
2) The birth mother must be interviewed by a social worker in the family court system in Guatemala. If a child has been stolen or the mother has been coerced, the truth will come out there. The social workers are randomly assigned to each case.
3) The birth mother must submit to a DNA test to be administered by a physician approved by the U.S. Embassy. If the DNA of the woman does not match that of the child, the adoption will not continue.
4) To make sure that a child was not switched after the DNA test, the child will be given another DNA test after the adoption has been approved, to make sure it is the same child that took the original test. If this is negative, the adoption will not be completed.
Those facts supplied by Kristen Bristol echo our Guatemalan adoption experience, which I am convinced was a blessing for all involved.
Anyway…one year later, Beautiful Baby Ana is even more wonderful.
One year later, my hard-boiled dream sometimes looks like this (via phone camera through auto glass):
One year later, I’m aware that according to science, our world is more akin to a dream than previously realized.
And no, I’m not talking paranormal theories here; I’m talking cold, hard science.
I’m talking about John Wheeler, eminent physicist and colleague of Einstein and Niels Bohr, proclaiming in non-metaphorical language that our consciousness is intricately involved in the creation of external reality, that this universe is built like an enormous feedback loop, a loop in which we contribute to the ongoing creation of not just the present and the future but the past as well.
So, you know, let’s keep on creating. Why not!
Thanks to all who’ve dropped by, and more thanks to those who’ve contributed thoughts and comments. It’s been fun, and I’m looking forward to another year of bouncing thoughts off the interactive universe.
[tags]hard-boiled, world culture, war, poverty, religion, peace, dreams, adoption, Guatemala, John Wheeler[/tags]