I just read the sweetest -- and most surprising -- adoption story this morning. It starts with a social worker named Danny finding an abandoned baby in a subway station. He calls his boyfriend right away. "I found a baby! I called 911, but I don't think they believed me. No one's coming. I don't want to leave the baby alone." Danny's boyfriend, Peter Mercurio, ran to meet him and flag down a cab.
Three months later, Danny showed up at family court to explain how he found the baby. Peter was flabbergasted when the judge asked Danny, out of the blue, "Would you be interested in adopting this baby?" A gay social worker living with his penniless boyfriend and a roommate? Sure, why not!
Peter was horrified because he really didn't see how they'd make it work. What was that judge thinking?!? But love won the day, and they brought the baby into their home for Christmas. They raised that boy together, and 12 years later, that same judge married Peter to Danny.
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After the judge had signed the adoption order, Peter had asked her why she asked Danny, a stranger she knew nothing about, if he wanted to adopt the baby. "I had a hunch," the judge said. "Was I wrong?" Of course she was right.
I love these stories about families that "happen" in unexpected ways, against the odds. We don't all meet, get married, then have our 2.5 children, and live happily ever after. And it's hard enough to make a traditional family work. When people make non-traditional families work, it just gives me such hope for us all.
Sure, you could be cynical, and say the judge was just trying to save one more baby from the foster system. But I like to think she saw something inspiring in Danny's concern for the baby that went beyond caring about a stranger because it's the decent thing to do. I think she recognized a natural nurturer, and she jumped at the opportunity to send an abandoned baby to a home where he would be loved. If Danny had tried to adopt a baby the more traditional way, I think he would have had a lot of trouble, so baby Kevin was a gift to him and Peter, too. The three of them are fortunate to have each other.
What would you do if you found a baby in a train station?
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