I Will Ever Be Grateful
You chose orphaned me to be part of the family.
Having three boys you wanted, needed a girl.
"Do you want to stay?" The social worker asked.
"They've not had a daughter before--yes, I'll stay."
A few years later we sat before a judge.
On that day I became forever yours.
"Thank you" feels so small an expression compared to
such a selfless act of love.
Your dream to be a nurse, put on hold,
Not out of duty or obligation, but love from a mother's heart.
With firm boundaries and unconditional love,
Safety and peace filled my days except when I ate.
Going to bed for not clearing my plate didn't seem right,
But I understand now it was because you were worried I'd be malnourished.
Through the years you've supported me with wise advice, tough love,
And a wonderful example of how love your family.
I wanted to be like you--I am.
I'm mom and an adoptive mom, too.
Your love changed my life.
So, how could I not extend the same to an orphan or two?
Mom, I am forever grateful for your love.
© 2021 Norma Poore