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Universal Key

A year ago this week, I heard my 18-year-old daughter’s voice for the first time.

The sound of it raced past my eardrums, unlocking doors and attics deep inside me. Something from within expanded, contracted and…sprang open.

For a year, she’s been unlocking the better parts of me. Her unequivocal acceptance has inspired me to chase after the girl I was meant to be—and slip into her skin.

In the 12 months since we met, cigarettes have been quit, the book found a publisher, ghosts have grown quieter, boundaries have shifted.

These are not coincidences.

At 18, I gave her up for adoption.

At 18, she returned and gave me the key to what looks, sounds and feels like a parallel universe.

  1. jetaimemacherie19 reblogged this from whiteelephantintheroom
  2. ashtoncg72 reblogged this from whiteelephantintheroom and added:
    The beauty of adoption reunion.
  3. ashtoncg72 said: So happy for your joy Tre!