“Adoption—An Affair of the Heart”

Have you ever wished that today could be tomorrow?

When a baby looks around it’s such a sight to see. If he or she could only speak, they would have much to say about how they feel knowing that their mother is gone away. When I was a child I lay awake thinking profound thoughts about my mother wondering why she was no longer by my side. Something deep-seated and intangible about her absence caused my heart to ache. Crying out in my sleep I’d softly moan, “My heart bleeds for you. It has been many days since I was born but your sacred voice still rings inside. Why have you forsaken me? When are you coming back for me?”

Judith Land | Adoption Detective | An Affair of the Heart

My entire life I was driven by an insatiable desire to find my roots, discover my true identity, and restore friendly relations with my biological parents. When I finally earned the chance to be reunited with them, the reality of meeting them in the flesh exceeded my wildest childhood fantasies. Getting to know them gradually and over time on a personal basis has truly been a storybook ending and a magical “affair of the heart”.

Feeling stagnant and restless, I dreamed of rendezvousing with my biological mother in sweet bliss, an “affaire de coeur” before I part this life, before the flower heads of youth blanch and wilt, slowly wither and gradually fade away. A wholesome life that is free of strife is a sacred concept that brings new meaning to my days on earth that helps me get through any weather. I whimsically long for the clouds to clear and rays of sun to peak through. I want the tower bells to ring, sounding an alarm about a bona fide love for someone who is missing and send a message of hope to the outcast child wanting to know why it ended this way.

I get restless when the sky is cheerless and despairing, always raining in my heart. Darkened clouds overhead, dripping endlessly on my head. Feeling the stillness of the night, I never feel exactly right. I’m frightened and confused about my plight and easily overcome by endless dreaming of fantastic things that may never happen. My life is an endless delay of creeping days and endless hours of sleepless nights. Lacking a clear perspective of worldliness and sophistication, I’m simultaneously overcome with the pain of yesterday’s sorrow and disheartened by feelings of hopelessness when dreaming of tomorrow. I pray to God both day and night, “Is this the circle of life that I should expect to go on forever? I would go anywhere, do anything, to catch a glimpse of her.”

I’ve seen ephemeral summer clouds gently floating overhead, pink apple blossoms in springtime and autumn foliage ablaze in multiple hues of red and orange. I’ve heard birds happily chirping to attract a mate and dogs and cats spat. I’ve marveled at lightning storms, rainbows and deep snows as the seasons pass. I’ve gazed at my reflection in a deep blue lake of glass and felt the power of thunderous ocean waves rolling in. I’ve felt the warmth of the sun’s rays at dawn and when the sun becomes a red ball of flame and turns the horizon pink, I robotically pour myself another drink.

Our lack of acquaintance and familiarity triggers desperate feelings of heartfelt pain, salty tears and sorrowful rain. Leisure isn’t fun any more. Feelings of being unheralded, anonymous, isolated and alone set my mood. Enduring endless days, lonesome nights and a marathon of ceaseless dreaming is what my life is all about. Boundless days and endless nights—an endless cycle of déjà vu day after day, season after season. I am an adoptee who feels the plight of the orphaned refugee. I don’t even know my parents’ names. Seeking eternal bliss, I whimsically dream of effectuating a heavenly love affair of the heart and the healing peace of mind a mother daughter reunion would make. I am restless and would be forever grateful and feel fulfilled and whole, if by happenstance some kindred soul would expose my aching heart to my ma and pa.

Judith Land


Adoption Detective



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—An Affair of the Heart”

  1. Judith Land says:

    Truly one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever read. Cheryl Anderson

    Beautiful and heartwrenching. Geradine Cronin

    I know what you mean. In my case when I found her there really wasn’t anything real. She never accepted any responsibility for what went wrong. She lived in a dream land. Sharon Scott

    I never felt like an outcast until I met my biological mother. Indeed, that is exactly was I was to her. Suzanne McKinney Sanders

  2. Judith Land says:

    Your writing is beautiful. I wish I could write like you. You write in ways that describe exactly how I feel. Connie Luck

    You are a very important person to me. I relate to everything you have to say about adoption. You are an inspiration to many of us in the adoption community. Maggie Lambert

    The things you write about family relationships inspire me. You are an inspiration to many of us in the adoption world. Things don’t always turn out perfect. There are good and bad people in the world but you are filled with optimism and you always give us hope. Beth Wood, UK

    This is a note of gratitude to let you know how much I appreciate your good work as a writer to let the world know what it’s like to be an adoptee. You’re a very positive person. No wonder your birth mother welcomed you back into her arms—who won’t? Vanessa

    Your book Adoption Detective changed my life for the better. You have given me the confidence to become a better person regardless of how others treated me in the past. I love your blogs too. Sue Morris

    Judith Land you are a blessing. You gave me the confidence to think and act for myself. I feel better about my place in the world and my relationships with others. I’m much more forgiving of others after listening to what you have to say. Mary Westlake

    You have the power of healing for us adoptees. I wish I could just sit next to you in a flower garden and soak up the sunshine. Rick Miller

    Our book club loved your story about adoption. You stimulated a lot of discussion. We also like the blogs you post about adoption. Mira Hopkins, California

    My birth mother called me from England asking for forgiveness after reading your book Adoption Detective. I was shocked because I was from a closed adoption. I never knew my mother’s name or where she lived. I was overwhelmed with appreciation for you knowing that it was your book that changed her perception of me in a positive way. Anne Wilson

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