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I attended a shower today.  They are always such festive afairs, with hope and love and the overwhelming feeling of new beginnings.  Today was no exception.

There were long tables with white drapings, beautiful center pieces of fruit and flowers and handmade decorations of simple and elegant taste, just to remind you why you were there.  2 long buffet tables held a brunch suitable for the occassion and time and champagne to toast the happy parents, grandparents and family of blood relation and not.

The new mom, Christine, whom I have been friends with for about 12 years, has been waiting for this moment since she married.  She has worked and waited, researched and questioned.  She has planned for this with all the hope that any new mother would have.  

Her only regret is that she will not be feeling a first kick, have an ultra sound picture or watch as her belly grows over a 40 week period.  But, by the same token, she will not suffer the rigors of morning sickness, severe heartburn, stretch marks or some of the other ailments pregnancy can bring.

Christine will be adopting, and could have a baby as early as tomorrow.  She will be adopting through the State of Connecticut and will foster children who are in need of the care and love she is so willing to share.  She and her husband have been diligently preparing for THIS moment.  As a matter of fact, today was the 1 year anniversary of the day that they started this process.

She sat amongst her friends and family, with a steady stream of gifts to open.  There were the traditional onsies, and little t’s, diapers and wipes, shampoos and lotions.  Teething rings in different shapes, sippy cups, booster seats, stollers and toys.  There were also pajamas, that ranged in sizes from 9 mths to 8 years, tooth brushes and paste, bandaides and gloves.

You see, Christine and her husband could have a baby as early as tomorrow, but they could also have a little 5 year old boy brought to them, who is scared and confused.  He will find 2 adults that will welcome him with open arms and a pair of cozy pajamas to keep him warm.  

Yes, it was a different kind of shower.  A shower for a special Girlfriend, with a special love, for a child she has yet to meet.


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