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From the Summer 2018 issue of Knowing & Doing:

Two Exceptional Women and
One Extremely Fortunate Son

by Stan Wallace
President & CEO, Global Scholars

 
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• Love is patient — during the long months of Jean’s pregnancy, when each day was a blur of emotional trauma and uncertainty.
• Love is kind — Jean’s desire for my best, knowing the heartache it would cause her not to know me and always wonder about me.
• It does not envy — Jean’s commitment to do what would lead to my flourishing, choosing not to be envious of the one who would raise me.
• It does not boast: it is not proud — Jean’s humbling of herself by continuing the pregnancy for my sake, even though it meant being shunned by her family and not graduating with her friends.
• It does not dishonor others: it is not self-seeking — Jean’s not dishonoring me by seeking her comfort and well-being over mine (by ending the pregnancy).
• It is not easily angered: it keeps no record of wrongs — Jean’s endurance of all she went through without resorting to an abortion out of anger or because “this isn’t fair!”
• Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth — Jean’s not choosing evil, but embracing the truth that I was a little person taking up temporary residence inside her.
• It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres — Jean’s protecting and preserving my life, trusting there was a future and a hope for me before I was even born.
• Love never fails — Jean’s endurance of the physical and emotional trauma day after day until my birth and then following through on her desire to give me a way to flourish.

  In 1962, my adoptive mother, Doris, desired to provide motherly love to a child who needed a good home. So she began pursuing adoption. Hers was also a very courageous choice. In the early 1960s, adoption was not very common, and there were many uncertainties. How would others react? How would she respond as the reality set in, that her son didn’t share her looks or personality? Without the tie of biology, would her son accept her as his mother? What would be the implications for her, and her son, of always knowing there was another woman who was also his mother?

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