Adoption story—”First Lilac Club” was an instant success! Judith Land | Adoption Detective

“The compact space under the lilac bushes provided a secure environment where the girls felt relaxed and comfortable. The close proximity of the seating arrangement facilitated intimacy, whispering, and the sharing of secrets—only then did Judith Romano decide to tell her girlfriends she was adopted.” –Judith Land, Adoption Detective, p. 281

Susan S. Morris | First Lilac Club | Judith Land | Adoption Detective

This blog about the First Lilac Club is dedicated to Diane, a positive role model, devote Christian, and genuine personal friend with whom I shared intimate childhood secrets about my adoption. She was an original member of the First Lilac Club and an important person in my life. I was saddened to learn of her recent passing. I will always cherish our shared childhood memories. The pen and ink drawing by artist Susan S. Morris commemorates the founding of the First Lilac Club. Diane is the second girl from the left. (Reference: Adoption Detective by Judith Land, pp. 72-3)

The First Lilac Club was an exclusive group of friends who trusted each other with their most embarrassing moments and deepest secrets. Judy choreographed a short ceremony whereby each member promised to keep the location of the club hidden, and protect the privacy of its members. To commemorate its founding, the girls arranged a beautiful bouquet of spring flowers in a wicker basket as a symbol of their unity. A brightly colored butterfly on its first conspicuous, fluttering flight landed softly on the handle, and slowly fanned its wings as a symbol of joy, wonder, and transformation. After they agreed to the ideals of the club, Judy presented each girl with a single lilac flower as a symbol of their sisterhood.

The First Lilac Club was an instant success because it encouraged camaraderie, sisterhood, and bonding between members. The founding members were Judith’s only girlfriends who understood the emotional and spiritual passions that consumed her as a child. The girls became very comfortable sharing secrets with each other. Adoption was a favorite reoccurring topic that alerted Judy to the possibility of becoming an adoption detective when she grew up—to solve the mystery of her own adoption.

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About Judith Land

Judith Land lives in Colorado and Arizona with husband and coauthor Martin Land. Judith is a former nurse, retail shop owner, college instructor and avid outdoor person. Her book "Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child" is a true story detailing the journey of Judith Romano, foster child and adoptee, as she discovers fragments of her background, and then sets out to solve the mystery as an adult. "Mothers and fathers everywhere in the world need to understand that children are forever and always." --Judith Land
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