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A Month of Reunions

July is a month of reunions.

By the end of it, I will have attended four reunions in Utah and New Mexico. Reunions are funny events. It’s a time to gather and reminisce about good and bad times, learn new history, and see family and friends. Each of these reunions have different purposes.

India Reunion.

This reunion is a gathering of adoptees from the same orphanage as myself. I have attended this before and have just finished it once again. I loved seeing old and new friends. This reunion is special to me because it is with people who have grown up in similar circumstances as me and have had a similar journey. Some of the adoptees are further along in their journeys, having gone back to India and experienced the culture and history. Some, like me, are on the fence when it comes to visiting India for the first time and others are not interested in exploring that part of their lives. This year marked the second reunion. We went to lunch and talked about our experiences. This year, most of the adoptees that attended were there for the first time. It was great. New stories and experiences were shared. This reunion is important for me because it lets me know that I am not alone in my adoption story. I have people who are traveling and who have traveled down the road of identity development as an adoptee. These fellow adoptees have become a special family for me.

The Baker family reunion.

I’m about to attend this reunion. It is a gathering of my grandfather’s posterity. I’m looking forward to seeing my grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins. This one has a special purpose because we are celebrating my grandmother’s 80th birthday. This is something that has been in the works for months.

- Shalisa