In the final episode of Tracy's adoption journey, she discovers that what she has been looking for was right in her backyard all along.
Part 10(b): Adoption Journey [continued from "Latino Fiesta"]
John and I quickly realize that Angela is the only young, single girl at the event. We decide to relieve ourselves of any pressure and just enjoy the day with some cool kids.
Right on schedule, the Mexican buffet is served and we find ourselves walking with our plates toward a table with a couple of tweens. There's a 13-year-old girl named Melody and her little sister Rosa, and a 12-year-old single boy named Jonathan. The older kids are shy, but little Rosa is full of fiesta-worthy energy. I do my best to engage the older kids in conversation -- music, movies, school, love it/hate it, you know, the normal tween stuff. Somehow we find ourselves talking to them about "The Exorcist," and our "cool" barometer shoots through the roof. They open up more. Jonathan strikes me as being an absolutely beautiful, charming young man. He has shoulder-length brown hair, large dark brown eyes, and lips like Angelina Jolie. He's actually pretty, and, strangely enough, he looks like my mom, who died 12 years ago. His social worker, Grace, appears. She's beautiful with a joyful smile. It's clear she likes this boy.
We hang out at this table for about an hour. John and Jonathan are now trying to figure out how to put together some race car thing he won. As for me, something is happening. I can't quite identify it, but I know it's way beyond my control.
The end of the festival is nearing. We have to say goodbye to the kids we've been with since lunch. I feel sad to leave them. Grace gives me her business card. I give her a hug and thank her for what she does for the children.
As we leave, we get out our sheet of paper with the listing 1-10. This is the fateful page where we say who we want to know more about. John and I look at each other. We write down "Jonathan."
In the car, on the way home, I open my mouth to speak and John says, "Please don't talk. Let me breathe."
Holy crap. Are we about to adopt a 12-year-old BOY?
September 28 -- 9 AM
I pull out Grace's business card. It's Sunday at the Department of Children and Family Services. I leave a message: "Please don't let anyone else get Jonathan."
Grace calls. "I was so happy to get your message. When we were leaving the park, Jonathan said, 'I hope they call'."
We receive Jonathan's files -- three huge purple ones -- and we get official permission to go see Jonathan again in his current home.
We've hung out with Jonathan five times and he's the coolest kid I've ever met. He's bright, deep, and aware of his situation in the world. He wants to live with us. We want to adopt him. The days are long when we don't see him. I'm an emotional wreck. We've found our kid and he's been right here the entire time.
December 18, 2008
Jonathan is moving in tomorrow! We've whipped our former office into a Nightmare Before Christmas'd-out boys room (his favorite movie)! A coat of paint is about to transform the former little girl's room into a den for dudes.
My head is spinning, but I'm out of my mind happy. Last year's Christmas SUCKED. Stuck in the hell that was Ukraine. I get so pissed thinking about what we went through, but if we hadn't, would we have ever found Jonathan? So many existential questions, but I can't think about it all right now ... my son is coming home tomorrow.
On May 19, 2009, Jonathan, Tracy, and John celebrated their five-month anniversary of living together as a family. The adoption papers are working their way through the system and they hope it will be finalized by Christmas.
**Editor's note: Until Jonathan's adoption is final, we cannot show pictures of him. Never fear! We'll be following Tracy, John, and Jonathan's story and will have many updates.
|Tracy Mazuer is a TV producer/writer and creator of TheReluctantGenius.com "for professionals who need professional help." She and her husband John have been married for 23 years and live in Playa del Rey with their son and 2 dogs, Hankie and Lizzie.|
Part 1 Adoption Journey ... with a Shocking Twist Part 2 Adoption Journey: Bait and Switch Part 3 Adoption Journey: Train Ride of a LifetimePart 4 Adoption Journey: All About Making Money Part 5 Adoption Journey: Secret Orphanage VisitsPart 6 Adoption Journey: Heading Home Alone
- Part 7 Adoption Journey: Back to Ukraine?!?
- Part 8 Adoption Journey: No Hope of a 2-Year-Old
- Part 9 Adoption Journey: A Glimmer of Hope
- Final Part 1 Adoption Journey: The End ... or the Beginning?