Store Return Policy

We learned this a year ago, exactly a year ago today. After I paced the floor of the boardroom in my office, hands shaking, phone pressed to my ear as I heard our social worker tell me that we had been selected. That we were the chosen ones. When could we come to meet our birth mother? Her due date was the 17th December and we needed to get there fast. Monday, 7th December 2009.

I remember literally running down the passage in our office to our our MD and FD’s offices. I remember stumbling into their reception area, completley out of breath and totally overwhelmed. My knees were shaking, I wanted to vomit. It felt like my heart was going to literally explode out of my chest as I recounted the telephone call to them. My MD was absolutley thrilled. He jumped up and flung his arms around me. My FD became contemplative, immediately asking me about maternity leave etc.

I remember phoning Walter. I remember how utterly disbelieving he was! And phoning my mother and hearing her sob on the phone.

I remember both Walter and I phoning the store where we’d bought our stupid-over-priced-brand-spanking-new big screen TV the previous day and asking them if we put all the components and cables carefully back in the box, if they would accept the stupid-over-priced-brand-spanking-new big screen TV for return. They wouldn’t! Apparently deciding you’d rather spend that vulgar amount of money on a baby instead of the stupid-over-priced-brand-spanking-new big screen TV was not really grounds for a return for credit.

I remember writing THIS post.


  • zamom

    December 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Cannot believe it’s been a year already, scary but what a wonderful year it’s been. I was down at the beach just now and chatted to a man with his dog who was telling me that his grand daughter is 7 months and he can’t wait to start bringing her to the beach. Ava was running around playing in the water and I told him that a year ago she’d spent her whole summer sitting under an umbrella on the beach and this year she’s charging around so he won’t have to wait long at all.

  • shirl34

    December 7, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Lawd Sharon, I remember like it was yesterday. I remember your mail as I too, was anxiously awaiting the return of my daughter to me after many years. I cant believe she will be 18 next week and so much apart of my life now.

    I just want you to know how much I have enjoyed following this journey with you the past year and have a fantastic day for Ava’s first birthday!!! I too, will send my thoughts for her bm at this time…

    Huge hugs!

  • pandoragelb

    December 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Can’t believe its been a year! All this reminiscing is making me very tearful, as it brings back so many emotions and memories. My mother is arriving from Europe on Friday, this is the first time she will meet my daughter, and until now, a few days before the arrival, I never realised how much this would actually mean to me. Tears are going to be flowing freely at the airport!
    I look forward to more ‘This time last year!’

  • tanyakov

    December 9, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I still can’t believe it’s almost been a year. What a journey. So glad it worked out and that you can buy to your heart’s content from the baby section without the “what-ifs”…


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