Thank God for good editing. Seriously.
The local news here aired a story about our adoption agency. Several families were part of the shoot, including ours. The news anchor plopped us on a couch, directed the girls to our laps, aimed the cameras, and...
the girls could not sit still.
They couldn't stop touching the microphone hooked to me.
And I couldn't think straight because of it.
They turned the cameras off and rearranged us.
It didn't help.
I stammered and stuttered and pulled Caroline's dress down repeatedly.
She really needed her dress pulled down.
She kept squirming, legs wide open, so that she flashed the camera repeatedly!
Most of this was edited out.
Most of my distracted talk was cut, as well.
Like I said, thank God for good editing.
In the closing scene of the clip that aired, they had to censor Caroline's little flashing undies! Oh mercy. My four year old child has been censored on television. I was cracking up laughing when I saw that. Good grief.
All in all, the clip turned out pretty well. The other families rocked it. Lifeline's social worker rocked it. The editing was magic. And our family provided some comedic relief.
(Okay, okay, if you're only watching to laugh at Caroline's gaff, skip to the 1:54 mark.)
Of course, after this story aired, people began posting some negative comments on the WKRG Facebook link. (There were also supportive comments, each of which I "liked" at the speed of light!) I forget many people bristle at international adoption, seeing it as a threat to domestic adoption. Here are a few excerpts:
WHY?WHY go out side the USA when so many in our own Country needs Adopting out
we need to think about those in the USA first!
Take care of home first and foremost.
Why not adopt the Children of the Appalachia Mountains first and foremost!!! We have a friggin 3rd World in our own backyard, that 90% of Americans seem to forget or haven't become aware of the problem. I would love it if people who had the
money could adopt those kids first and be Mentor Parents who help pull those who want to have a better life out of there. The average age of giving birth is 12 Years Old...the youngest age someone can become a Grandparent is 25 Years Old!!!! It does happen. Please give these kids a 2nd chance. We need to take care of our own people first, and become fully self-sufficient nation before helping others.
Too many in the great ole USA to be going outside to adopt
One comment called international adoption a "tragedy". I addressed this specifically in my reply, and the tragedy comment disappeared. That helped my heart.
I'm only giving you the negative excerpts so you can get your blood pressure up like I did.
Misery loves company.
Muah ha ha ha.
Perhaps soon I'll do a post about the misconceptions represented by some of the comments I saw. There is so much faulty information. I truly believe that as international adoption grows, so will domestic... and vice versa. These two paths are not in competition. I know so many families who first adopted internationally, then later adopted domestically, or the reverse. Adoption inspires more adoption, often within the same family.
It's a lot to think about.
One thing is certain...
We've got to teach Caroline to keep her dress down.