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A Merry Christmas story for you.  :-) 

From the Washington Post comes this unusual but heartwarming adoption story.  All grown up now, the “baby” of the story–now a young woman–has found the man and woman who found her on a doorstep when they were each teenagers.  Notice how happy the girl is to be given this chance.   I’m sure she is glad her birth mother chose life, even if she was abandoned.  

By Michael E. Ruane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 17, 2009; A01
Christopher Astle and Emily Yanich were teenage pals strolling back from a 7-Eleven that afternoon in late summer — two ordinary kids on an ordinary Wednesday after school — when they found the abandoned baby. 

It was Sept. 6, 1989. They discovered the newborn wrapped in towels at the front door of a townhouse in their Fairfax County complex and took the infant to Emily’s, where her stepfather called police. 

The whole thing was over pretty quickly. The authorities took the baby girl, who was later adopted. Chris and Emily, both 15, went on with their lives, although Emily often cried when she told people the story, and the two called each other every Sept. 6. Twenty years passed. Then, on Dec. 2, a college student named Mia Fleming sent them both a message via Facebook: Might they be the same Chris and Emily who had once found a baby left at a stranger’s door? If so, she just wanted to say thanks. After all these years, the little girl they had found had found them. The story of Mia, Chris and Emily, recounted by the three over the past few days, is a nativity narrative for modern times. There were no heavenly hosts that warm afternoon in 1989, just the distant ambulance sirens after the call to 911. But the event seemed blessed all the same. Chris and Emily, both now 35, stayed close friends as they grew up, moved and married, bound by their rescue of the baby. Mia, once she learned her story, never forgot them, and after numerous tries over several years managed at last, through the power of the Internet, to track them down. “I didn’t know how they would feel,” she said. Emily said: “It’s like a miracle. . . . My heart is filled now. There was always a little spot missing. ” Chris said, “It’s the best Christmas present I have ever gotten.” A reunion is being planned so the three can see one another again. Mia, now 20, said she was excited. Chris said, “I just want to give her a hug.” 

Read the full story here.

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Meet the Robinsons

You should meet the Robinsons!

Those who know me know that I pretty much think Disney is evil (I have thought it for decades) and recently I’ve gotten some agreement with my opinion.  I did, however, sit down to watch a movie tonight with my son, by whose strong recommendation we were watching Meet the Robinsons, an animated Disney film from a couple years back.  I watched it and…and  I was pleasantly surprised at the pro-family message of the movie!  Yep, pro-family AND pro-adoption.

One of the two main protagonists is an orphan who was raised in an orphanage.  Wait!  don’t jump to that conclusion!  Turns out that the young fella has been treated lovingly and well in the orphanage, and for an added bonus, the orphanage matron is a black woman.  Double positive message!  Although the youngster, whose name is Lewis, is relatively happy, he can’t seem to get adopted because he’s a whacky science whiz.  This leads him to wonder about his birth mom, and he wants very much to see her, even going so far as to invent a device to recapture his infant memories.

Later, Lewis will have an opportunity to meet his mom, through the machinations of a youngster who turns out to be Lewis’ son (did I mention that the movie is about time travel?  no?  er…sorry.  The movie is about time travel!).  I won’t spoil it for you but I will just say that Lewis’ birth mother is portrayed sympathetically and the scene where he sees her is very touching and again, pro-family. 

The Robinson family of the title is a delightful mix of oddball characters who love and support each other, and Lewis quickly falls in love with them.  Lewis finds himself wanting to stay in the future with the Robinsons.  The quirky characters are respectful of each other, encouraging mistakes as “learning opportunities” and nurturing each other’s unique gifts and contributions.  The youngsters are not smart alecky.  Even the ‘bad guy’ has an opportunity to repent.

I guess if you start with good material it helps.  Disney based the movie on the whimsical children’s book, A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce.

Meet the Robinsons did terribly at the box office.  I may not be a Disney fan, but I still pay attention to kids movies coming out, and I don’t even remember it being released.     I don’t know why it did so poorly;  it’s a good film.  I really enjoyed it, I LOVED the family message and the positive values (it’s nice to see that Disney can make a movie with a mom AND a dad).

Oh, and the soundtrack is another Danny Elfman winner.  I’m recommending this one.

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