Marking the end of a journey

Early this morning I woke up in the pre dawn hours to offer prayers to the forces unknown on the occasion of tamizh new year. Focussing my concentration on the twin lamps that lit up the tiny area, I reflected on the short but momentous journey to parenthood. You see, today was finalization day. A day when the legal system recognized K and I as natural parents of Kay and Cee.

As we rushed through the morning getting ready for court, thoughts swirled in my head. They ranged from immediate concerns of what to pack in the diaper bag to what that piece of paper called the adoption decree signified. From what to wear to court to if my feelings towards the girls will change in some way because of the legal sanction?

In many ways it is like the marriage certificate. The rituals are fine and dandy but that piece of paper that states K and I are man and wife is a tangible representation of our relationship. Much like that as I took the seat in court today and testified to accept Kay and Cee as my natural children there was something solid and reassuring about the Judge’s sonorous voice pronouncing us family.

With today we reach the end of the road in the adoption process. Our dealings with the agency, the social workers and other adoption related professionals are hopefully done. Yes, there are loose ends to tie but the onus is on us. From today on, we set out on a different journey, navigating the challenges of parenthood.

While I mark today as the end of one momentous journey and the beginning of another, here’s wishing all of you a Happy New Year!

17 thoughts on “Marking the end of a journey

  1. Congrats to you both. The most awesome way to start the new year. You both deserve all the happiness in the world and may god give you all that you wish for.

  2. I totally get what you mean by how significant that piece of paper is! I am so glad for K & you. Kay & Cee are blessed to have parents like you both. Wishing all of you the very best from hereon & forever 🙂 Iniya puthandu vazhthukkal (or happy Chithirai thirunaal 😉 ). Please wish aunty & the rest of your family from A & me!

  3. Congrats!!! What a amazing journey !!! ,that I started following and was with you from beginning to the end.
    Wish you a very happy Tamil Year Day.
    Wishing you a lot of joy as you begin your new journey of parenthood.

  4. WOW! what a wonderul way to start the New year. Congrats!
    happy New year to you, K and kids. And your Amma too.

    Very very happy for you

  5. Congratulations! Laksh and here’s wishing the family the very best in the years to come. It has been magical being part of this journey… like fairy tale in real life!

  6. A wonderful symbolization in the new year. May the happy family enjoy all the little pleasures in life for many, many years to come.
    All the best to you, K, Kay and Cee.

  7. Congratulations! What a start to the new year. Enjoy your beautiful journey with your girls! Puthaandu Vazhthukkal!

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