Editor’s Letter

January 2015 - Editor's Letter
by Lori Hatcher

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January 2015 - Editor's Letter

Last summer I received a letter from a new reader named Jessica. She was responding to my June editor’s letter celebrating families. In it, I described a family as “an incredibly complex organism. People joined by blood and shared history.”

This was Jessica’s response:

Hi. I’ve never read your magazine, but I picked it up just the other day and started with your “Letter from the Editor.” Within the first two lines, I find it offensive and insensitive. The line “people joined by blood…” discounts many, many families. While I was married I had a stepdaughter who I raised from the age of 2. She calls me mommy and has known only me as her mom. I am “not joined by blood,” and she does not have my mom’s eyes, but she’s just as much my daughter as her bio(logical) sister.

In September, my brother and my sister-in-law are adopting a little girl. I’m so excited by her arrival, and she’s already my niece, blood or not. I have a friend who has three adopted children. In this entire beautiful family of five, not one of them is “joined by blood,” but they certainly share history, they share the trips to foreign countries to meet and pick up their wonderful children, and they share 12 years of making memories.

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