“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?
¿Qué hay en tu piñata?