Saturday, May 10, 2008

What exactly is a "non-mom"?
Well, according to NBC and the Today Show's contest for America's favorite mom it's a mom who hasn't physically given birth to her child. I first heard about this contest yesterday through an email from an adoption Yahoo group. I went to check out the links and there were several categories to enter your favorite mom in - working mom, stay at home mom, military mom, and, the one which set the internet wires ablaze, the non-mom. I'm guessing NBC was a little unprepared for the furor they caused. Within hours of getting the original email from the yahoo group, I got a reply to my email to NBC saying that they apologized for their insensitivity and that they were changing the category to "adopting mom". Better but really, why does there have to be a separate category for parents who adopted their children? Whether a child is born under your heart or in it, he or she is still your child. When I meet people, I say I have two children. Unless it's pertinent to a conversation, I don't say that I have one biological child and one adopted child. They're both my children no matter how they came into my family.

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