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Umbilicus by Paula Gruben
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it was amazing

This was definitely one of those 'Everything else can wait until I'm done with this book' moments.

Being an avid follower and supporter of Paula through following the process of this amazing life-project, I am so proud and excited to suggest Umbilicus to everybody, regardless of being involved in any form of; the adoption process, friends with, curious about, or simply wanting to experience first hand the trials, tribulations and positive experiences an adoptee experiences.

I myself, have grew up with friends who were adopted or have been through foster care and shelters. My empathy, and love to them was endless, however, they were incredibly shy/scared of others knowing their story, never mind understanding it.

High school especially can be daunting, worse so, what happens afterward; at the beginning of the rest of their lives.

Seeing the paths and decisions chosen by Paula sets a great example, as well as a little subconscious voice in the form of an angel on your shoulder to help show you the way.

Over and above, apart from the general populace (young adults especially) I personally would mostly recommend this book to the family members or friends surrounding cases like these, to better understand how their input would be appreciated. i.e.: Those who miraculously find themselves in between both parties, with neither child or biological parents being aware.
It's such a tricky situation to be in.

I myself have 4 half sisters (Yup, my father has 5 daughters, 5 different women), 2 of them was given up for adoption before my Father could be part of the decision.
One of the other sisters literally grew up with me (Her parents being family friends) completely unaware that she was my sister. It was very tough. Even more so for her finding out at age 16 by accident.

The second eldest we got in contact with when I was 11, she 17...that caused a lot of ruckus and a story for another time)

The last 2 that were adopted, I met one of them a few years ago, we arent close. And the last one, my extended family knows her. But she, somewhere in her early 40's, completely unaware that she's been adopted.

Well, as you can see, this book was close to my heart.

3 hieps and a massive hooray to Paula for taking on this project, it must've been heart-wrenching at times. But here you are. WELL DONE! Here's to healing.

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