Michelle and I loved a recent Matthew West concert held in nearby Williamsport. Not sure why, but Matthew West’s songs really speak to me on a variety of levels. This is one of the songs due to come out on his new album, Live Forever, due out April 28. Michelle said she is really drawn to it, and I have to admit it is quickly becoming one of my favorite Matthew West songs.
Contrary to what some people — such as those who’ve watched the musical “Annie” a few too many times — believe, many kids when adopted aren’t able to express their feelings all that well. There typically isn’t an opening floodgate where the child showers his/her new family with love, adoration and gratitude. The bonds of trust take time. The feelings and emotions can be guarded for quite a while. And that can be a hard pill to swallow for adoptive parents after all the hoop-jumping and i-dotting it can take to finalize an adoption.
For our son, who dealt with a slew of tough breaks growing up, saying “I love you” was especially challenging. There were times my wife and I wondered if we’d ever hear that simple three-word phrase. Read the rest of this entry