an epiphyte is a plant that grows without soil. its roots pull water out of the air and nutrients out of the trees it grows on. it needs a community to thrive, but its community is nontraditional. it lives on unexpected connections.
The whole edifice of adoption as a massive, rather than occasional, practice has relied on finding more and more powerless people to provide adoptable babies and children…overwhelmingly, the people who suffer when it is easy for wealthy strangers to adopt and difficult for birth parents to mount an effective legal challenge are women. Just as it was Native mothers who had lost their children who provided testimony to Congress in the 70s for ICWA, it has been birth mothers—and adoptees—who have campaigned for greater legal protection from would-be adopters.
no no no no no you are not allowed to wear a suit vest over a collared shirt that’s unbuttoned at the neck with the sleeves rolled up this is entering illegal levels of hotness and i am at WORK FOR GOD’S SAKE