Legacy of an Adopted Child

Birth Mother Adoptive Mother Poem - Illinois Adoption

Once there were two women
who never knew each other.
One you do not remember
the other you call mother.

Two different lives
shaped to make your one
One became your guiding star,
the other became your sun.

The first gave you life
and the second taught you to live it.
The first gave you a need for love,
and the second was there to give it.

One gave you a nationality,
the other gave you a name.
One gave you a seed of talent,
the other gave you an aim.

One gave you emotions,
the other calmed your fears.
One saw your first sweet smile,
the other dried your tears.

One sought for you a home.
that she could not provide
The other prayed for a child
and her dreams were not denied
And now you ask me,
through your fears,
the age old question
unanswered throughout the years
Heredity or environment,
which are you the product of?
Neither, my darling … neither.
Just two different kinds of


~ Author Unknown ~