Adoption Week: Modern Family.

In honor of National Adoption Month, we’re featuring a few stories about adoptions and adoptive families.

Hey. Henry here. I’m the granddad in this motley group of book jockeys. I’m the one who’s pretty old-school. I like Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy and Horatio Hornblower and stories about soldiers and all that. You know, tough stuff. Not saying I’m a tough guy or anything, though I am a former Marine so… yeah, maybe I’m tough.

Until it comes to my granddaughter. My daughter (ok, my daughter and her husband) adopted Grace 3 years back, and I admit I didn’t quite get it when they made the decision.  Blood means a lot to guys like me who fought for their country, but when I first saw Grace’s little hand in my daughter’s, something in this old turkey melted.  So I relate a lot to Jay on Modern Family, being the grandad to a beautiful kid.  Jay doesn’t always catch on right away, but he usually comes around in the end.  There are kids out there right now who need love and a home, and I’m damn proud that my daughter stepped up to welcome one in and make her family.

How to Commemorate

  • Dress up in costumes.
  • Go ice skating.
  • Go trapezing.
  • Plan a Halloween funhouse.
  • Take a family portrait?  (I don’t know.  How do you guys come up with stuff for this every time?)

Learn more at Adopt US Kids or Child Welfare Information Gateway.

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Works Cited

Modern Family

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