Elizabeth Jacobs // MY MOM’S POINT OF VIEW

Elizabeth,

It’s a family name.

It’s my Grandmother’s name

And now my daughter’s.

 

When you

Hand down a name,

It is a statement saying

You belong in this family.

 

Rachana,

Her birth name.

It’s a Cambodian name

That is common for a girl.

 

When you

Give a name to someone,

It is a statement saying

You belong in this family.

 

She has never known her birth parents.

No names,

No pictures,

No goodbye letter.

 

Everything was temporary.

A foster home and an orphanage,

New people and new faces.

I wanted to be permanent in her life.

 

We are her new family

That will never change,

That will never leave,

And that will never disappear.

 

Most adopted kids

Have their birth name

As their middle name.

Her middle name is Perry.

Elizabeth Perry Jacobs,

Our very own daughter.

Jacobs family forever.

 

I wanted to make her feel like

She is apart of this family.

A family that won’t leave her

And that will always love her.

 

Rachana,

A girl who was alone.

Elizabeth,

A girl who is family.

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