|Mr. Clean and my babies|
Friday, February 6, 2015
Nature vs. Nurture
The other day I was scrolling through a social media site and happened upon a question posed to a large group. The question was simply, "How many kids do you have, and are they adopted or biological?". Now, this question was not put out there with any malice whatsoever. I got the intent. I have five kiddos. Three of them spent 40+ weeks using my womb as a jungle gym, while the other two were adopted, sparing my body more labor yet filling my heart with even more momma joy. I am proud of all of them, and the way they found their way to our family dynamic. The author of the question was probably an adoptive mother herself, and we like to know others who have similar experiences. But this question got under my skin a tad.
It's an innocent question, and bear with me here because I promise I am NOT going to post one of those, "Ten Things You Never Say to an Adoptive Parent" blog posts (they kind of drive me nuts), but it got my attention anyway. And the wheels in my brain started to turn, as observations of my kidlets started to emerge.
In my house are five uniquely different kids, simply because they were created that way. However, a few of them have some distinct similarities that has absolutely nothing to do with the level of melanin in their skin, nor their genetic make up. I find this fascinating, and quite cool. My eldest daughter and my middle son have the same learning style, get easily frustrated over the same things, and are quick to please. If you are happy, they are happy. My eldest daughter and my eldest son on the other hand, look alike, but have absolutely nothing in common at this point in their lives.
My youngest daughter and middle son are like twins. Except one looks like me, and the other is the spitting image of their biological father. We even call them, "the twins" despite being 21 months apart in age. They naturally gravitate to one another to play. They can even finish one another's sentences. Yet, they share no matching DNA.
My baby and my oldest sons have a fire in them that is infectious. They are busy all the time. They hate having nothing to do and love being physically active. They are quick witted and can be terribly snarky at times. They are also the first to dispense hugs to the momma, and help without being asked. They wrestle with each other and enjoy one another, despite the almost eight year age difference. One proudly sports a fair face full of freckles, while the other has the smooth, caramel, Carribean skin of a boricua.
All of my children have different and unique relationships with one another. They share similar facial expressions, display emotions "just like so and so", and have inflections in their voices that match each other. They are all wonderfully made and unique as well, but there is no denying that they have been raised together as siblings. The origins of their bloodlines DO matter, but not in the everyday interactions within the family. Quite honestly, to me the biological vs. adopted question is irrelevant. I don't mind sharing the story of our journey at all, but it does not divide my kiddos into categories. Ever.
So, I didn't answer the query, even though the writer of that question was simply excited to share her family dynamic, and find others that are similar. I like finding that as well, but this time I decided to keep our family's differences close to the cuff and simply marvel over how very alike they are.