The caretaker that comes to watch my dad while mom is gone was told a week ago that, this one is adopted, we didn't have her, as she's pointing at my picture. I can guarantee that was not said about my sister. Mom telling me the story, hugging me and saying we do love you even if we didn't have you....teary eyed. I feel stiff as a board, unsure of what to say except asking mom if she really told the caretaker this?!
It was my idea to make the photo blanket for their anniversary, I really enjoy art, crafts, and I excel at the computer. So I did the work with re-sizing pics, etc. I wanted to use pictures of everyone on this giant photo blanket, but my sister wanted only my parents pictures. I felt it was wrong, because they've had such an unhappy marriage, it may be more comforting for mom to sit and look at pics of fun days throughout the years of her entire family . Anyhow, the point is, she got her way by not compromising. Only pics of my folks were put on the blanket. It took me a long time to get the pics the right size, fix the clarity, etc. I always feel as though my ideas, my judgement is always questioned. My sister can never just say, OK, you do it and I trust you. There wasn't even a bit of compromise on my sisters end. This is how it always is, and how its always been. This is where I feel adoption has failed me. My sister, born to my parents is just like the two of them, personality, reasoning, temperament, etc. I am not exactly like them, however there is an invisible barrier, most don't see. Looking at this picture everything seems fine. On the inside, there is chaos. They will tell you it does not matter I was adopted, but then why all of this nonsense?
Sometimes I feel like I am a prisoner of adoption. I know my place, I know what I'm supposed to say, how I am supposed to react to total nonsense, and I know that my opinion, judgment and feelings are not as important, or treated with the same dignity. I am expected to go home, lick my wounds and tolerate all of this, told again I'm too sensitive and to basically, get over it. Tolerate the fact that I will never be treated as a well deserved family member. I will continue to keep trying to fit in, to please everyone, and honestly, I doubt it will ever change. I cannot change how they feel .