Nov. 3, Tuesday
Talk about how truths, partial truths, and lies on your adoption documents have impacted your life and identity. Example of these include birth certificates, baptismal certificates, adoption agency records, orphanage records, court records, non-identifying information, naturalization/citizenship papers, passports, etc.
My name is Petra. It is the name my birthmother gave me.
My first mother.
That name is gone now. Hidden in who I was.
I never got to be that person.
Petra is the feminine of Peter, which happened to be my adoptive father's name. My adoptive parents named me Cathleen. They didn't know it was my birthmother's name.
It's like is was designed by fate.
But what it feels like is two separate lives, one lived out, the other unknown.
Which is the true person?
I don't know.
Thoughts? Reflections? Opinions?