A. Jo-style

So I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to adopt a Thai child. Well, actually, I’ve been thinking about adopting kids for a long time, so the child doesn’t have to be Thai. But my work here has cemented that I do want to adopt.

The kids here are so adorable and lovable. When I go on home adoption visits with my fellow social workers, I have a hard time paying attention to the whole interview process — which is part of the reason why I’m here in Chiang Mai — because I just look at the child, and I want to play with their cars and animals, too! It’s also amazing to see what wonderful people there are in the world who are willing to take in another child who cannot be cared for by their birth parents for whatever reason.  Being a social worker has definitely been rewarding, and I’d like to think that I’ve impacted the kids I’ve worked with over the past few years.  But I still feel that something is missing.  And that something is being a dad.

Because my sign is Cancer and I’ve somewhat internalized the stereotype that we’re “worrywarts,” I am a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to support my child on a social worker’s salary. Oh yeah, I also forgot to mention — I think more about adopting than finding a partner. Looking at my mom as a primary example, I feel that if she can be a single parent and raise two kids, then so can I! One of the adopted kids I’ve worked with looked EXACTLY like Maddox. How’s that for a portent? I can make it on my own and adopt Angelina Jolie-style, right?

So how will I exactly finance this sans parter? I’m going to apply to be on Survivor after grad school, hopefully get in, and universe-willing, I’ll win the million dollars. Simple, right? With these sound planning skills, clearly, I’ll be a damn good adoptive parent.

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Maddox and Pax Jolie-Pitt

Maddox and Pax Jolie-Pitt

Maddox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt

Maddox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt

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~ by wannabejochen on 14/12/2008.

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