Saturday, April 2, 2011

Waiting Children

I found this poem on a blog that I read sometimes. Since we are waiting for our third "waiting child," I thought it appropriate to re-post. I've often thought about how older kids must feel-especially the ones that have waited years-hoping for a family of their own to "pick" them while they watch baby after baby go home. It's so sad. This poem describes so well how they must be feeling.

The Waiting Child - An Adoption Poem

By Debbie Bodie

I saw you meet your child today

You kissed your baby joyfully

And as you walked away with him

I played pretend you'd chosen me.

I'm happy for the baby, yet

Inside I'm aching miserably

I want to plead as you go by,

"Does no-one want a child of three?"

I saw you meet your child today

In love with her before you met

And as I watched you take her out

I knew it wasn't my turn yet.

I recognize you from last year!

I knew I'd seen your face before!

But you came for a second babe.

Does no-one want a child of four?

I saw you meet your child today

But this time there was something new

A nurse came in and took MY hand

And then she gave my hand to you.

Can this be true? I'm almost six!

And there are infants here, you see?

But then you kissed me and I knew

The child you picked this time was me.

Copyright 1997

We have been so blessed by our "waiting children." Although it comes with it's challenges, I'm so thankful that path was chosen for our family.


  1. That's a beautiful poem! Brings tears to my eyes thinking about our young "H" in Mekelle...thanks for sharing!