Adoption search—what’s in your piñata?

Judith Land | Adoption Detective

Don’t you wish all of life’s problems could be solved by simply breaking open a piñata? ¿Qué hay en tu piñata?

“Happy fifth of May—Cinco de Mayo

If you were separated from your birth parents or biological child and didn’t know where to find them, have you ever wished that everything you ever expected to find in your ceremonial cornerstone could be sealed in a piñata and given to you on your birthday? All you would have to do to rid yourself of years of pent-up worry and frustration would be put on a blindfold, twirl around three times, and flail about wildly, violently thrashing the air with a stick, until you finally make contact with the piñata. Whack! Whack! Whack! Out spills the contents…

In addition to the date, time, place of your birth, and the names of your birth parents, what other mementos would you hope to find in your birthday piñata? A lock of your birth mother’s hair. Your original birth certificate. Your father’s baseball glove and high school year book. Your grandmother’s wedding ring and a picture of your grandfather in his military uniform. Your mother’s heart shaped locket. A black and white photo taken many years ago. A map pinpointing the town and country where your ancestors came from. The name of the family who fostered or adopted your child. The last known address of your birth parents?

What if adoption searches and reunions were that simple—would you firmly grasp the piñata stick with both hands and join the fun, or chose to walk away?

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¿Qué hay en tu piñata?



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. She has reached readers in 192 countries. "Mothers and fathers everywhere in the world need to understand that children are forever and always." --Judith Land
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2 Responses to Adoption search—what’s in your piñata?

  1. Judith Land says:

    Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Special events and celebrations highlight Mexican culture, especially in its music and regional dancing. President Juárez declared in 1862 that the 5th of May would be a Mexican national holiday regarded as “Cinco de Mayo” to celebrate the anniversary of the defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla. The celebration is very popular in America and promoted by beverage makers and retailers in many western states.

  2. Great metaphor!! My experience was very much like striking a pinata…at first, I saw cracks, then a couple pieces of candy fell out, and finally, with one final “Whack!” everything came flooding out. xD

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