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When “last” means “best”

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I had long struggled with the idea of adoption as a second choice — pregnancy being the default setting and thus the first choice.

Why the struggle? After all, I had ended up in exactly the right place. I wouldn’t want my family to be any different than what it is.

But how to explain this to my children, who are likely to ask questions in the coming years? Would they someday feel like we settled for them, that they weren’t our first choice, that they were second-best?

I shudder at that thought.

I found resolution to this dilemma through another blogger, who addressed the term “second” as a chronological term rather than an ordinal term.

And with that, my problem was solved.

Was Roger my first choice as a husband? Well, considering I kissed a few frogs before I even met him, Roger wasn’t chronologically my first choice. I wonder how my life would be now if I’d ended up with Alan, the boy who helped me collect worms when we were 8. Or Doug, the disk jockey turned radio-mogul, or Brad-the-farmer or Clay-the-slacker or Iain-the-commitment-phobe.

Roger was definitely my best choice. But I meandered to get to him. The meandering is what made me worthy of him and appreciative of him.

It’s oddly coincidental. Tessa developed her first crush recently at school. She is smitten with a much older boy, a 6th grader named Cory. She dressed for him, had me braid her hair for him, talked incessantly about him, and dreamed of him. She claims she’ll marry him.

Not bloody likely. Cory may be her first, but what matters is the last. That’s the keeper.

Just like Tessa, and just like Reed. My meandering to them is what makes me worthy of them. The process of our family forming was absolutely the best choice, even if we started out not knowing that.

Where in your life has last meant best?

Lori Holden
Author: Lori Holden

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  • comment avatar Fiona October 22, 2009

    I love this post! I kissed a few frogs as well. I think your children ended up with the best MOM!

  • comment avatar Rebecca October 22, 2009

    As an adoptive mom, I have wondered this myself! You put it into words better than I could have done!

  • comment avatar Lori in Denver October 22, 2009

    Thanks, Fiona. I bet I’m in the top two, anyway!

    Rebecca, it was one of those a-ha moments. I am grateful to that blogger for helping me see first/last in a different way.

  • comment avatar JoAnn October 22, 2009

    I know you’re not being funny, but this post makes me laugh. It reminds me of my friends who refer to their current husbands as their first husbands. Ha!

    Anyway, back on task…

    For me, it’s all semantics. I didn’t choose Claire. I chose to be a parent, and she’s what happened when we mixed our DNA and the circumstances were *just right.*

    But, when it comes right down to it, I like to think she chose me. 😉

  • comment avatar Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck October 22, 2009

    This post just tugged at my heartstrings. So so so true.

    “And the last shall be first.”