Wednesday, September 25, 2013

we are family.


seeing these photos makes me believe that i'm actually not adopted.

i don't look like anyone in my immediate family. growing up people often asked my brunette curly-haired mother if the little girl with stick-straight white blonde hair was adopted. it created a bit of an issue for me that only grew worse when my brothers started teasing me that i was adopted and my real name was "elizabeth." there were a few distraught months that i actually believed them and tried everything i could to get my parents to admit that i was adopted.

i eventually overcame my six-year-old identity crisis after a few sit down conversations with my parents and my brothers receiving some scoldings. my parents had never lied to me before, so i figured i may as well trust them. and what are big brothers for anyways, if not to tease you?

a year later, when we made our first trip back to south africa since immigrating from there in 1993 and i reunited with family it erased all doubts of blood relation. i wasn't the only toe head and every face i saw had similar features to the one i saw every day in the mirror. to this day, whenever i get the chance to hang out with my family it makes me feel a sense of belonging. during this most recent trip to sydney, while at a big family dinner with members from 3 different continents we chatted and laughed like we saw each other everyday. there was literally not a moment of silence! it was so fun to compare character traits with my family that i really only have a handful of memories with and realize the many similarities we share :)

10 comments:

  1. beautiful words, beautiful family...nice story :) thanks for sharing

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  2. Hello sweety! Since i was away from blogging couldn't reply you soon! Thanks for stopping by and I heartly appreciate it! This is such an amazing post pretty miss! Enjoyed reading it! Lovely family (: Let me know if we are following yet or not! Stop by me soon! xx

    With love ❤.
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  3. Family visits are the best, exploring the place and one's past can be emotional but always in a good way. I love the pictures, you all look beautiful. xx

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  4. What a gorgeous post! I too feel adopted most of the time. My dad's side is all indian/portugese and my mum's side is all english so when I get into a family portrait with either side I am usually the darkest or the lightest among the bunch. I like being unique though - I'm a little cocktail of everything :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your's is wonderful

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  5. what a sweet story! such a special memory to have forever
    xx

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  6. darling! i love this post and blog. xo
    welltraveledwife.com

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  7. How fun! This looks amazing! And why do all kids feel the need to tell their siblings they're adopted? Haha, funny.

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  8. You have such a beautiful family. And I am the only blonde in my family too! My brother is a little I guess, but before he came along people really did think I was adopted. The three before me were olive skin tonned and dark haired with brown eyes, just like my parents. Then came me, the albino one!!! haha

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