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"Selfie on a Bus"

“Selfie on a Bus”

Allison Garwood once pulled a groin muscle by slipping on a banana peel in a Target parking lot. Only a very few elite humorists have reached this level of authenticity. An adoptive mom and former comic strip creator (NEUROTICA and Haiku Ewe, Universal Uclick syndicate), Allison wants to add to the diversity on the picture book shelves by telling silly stories through a family that looks like hers: transracial and full of love.

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SOME HISTORY:

The Garwoods celebrating 5 years in each others arms. November 1, 2014.

The Garwoods celebrating 5 years in each others arms. November 1, 2014.

My husband and I were college sweethearts who both grew up in Georgia (he in South Georgia, me in Atlanta). We married in 1996. When we were finally ready to be parents, we knew we wanted to make that happen through adoption. Everyone assumes that we struggled with fertility issues, but that is not the case.

Our son, Luc, was born in Haiti. It took two agonizing years and a mysterious miracle to finally bring him home. I don’t have much info on the mysterious miracle. Hence “mysterious.” The U.S. wanted to violate American health travel laws in order to keep Luc in Haiti for 9 extra months. For two weeks, calls were made, letters were written, meetings with important people were attended, and still we were told it was hopeless. But suddenly, on a Tuesday, we received a call: “I don’t know what just happened, but come Friday.” So we did.

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FAQ’s:

Love drawn by Allison Garwood.

Love drawn by Allison Garwood.

Q: ADOPTIVE PARENTS DON’T LOVE THEIR CHILDREN AS MUCH AS BIOLOGICAL PARENTS DO, RIGHT?
A: Is movie night pizza better if I pick it up, or have it delivered? Delivery and Pick-up are two very different ways of getting a pizza into my den. However, tests show that pizzas taste awesome no matter how they arrive. The same is true for kids. No matter how God brings our children into our lives, they are absolutely delicious. (Disclaimer: That’s a joke at the end. I do not eat children.)

Q: DID YOU GET HIM AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE?
A: I don’t like it when people refer to adoption as if I grabbed a gallon of milk from the A&P. If you really think you know me well enough to ask, try it this way: “When were you able to bring your son home?”

2 months home. 2 days post earthquake. Photo taken by a wall of AP photogs. Stress level: quite high.

2 months home. 2 days post earthquake. Photo taken by a wall of AP photogs. Stress level: quite high.

Q: WHEN WERE YOU ABLE TO BRING YOUR SON HOME?
A: He has been home since November 1, 2009.

Q: DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HIS REAL MOM?
A: I sure do! She is a lovely artist who grew up in Atlanta, GA. She enjoys surfing, reading, cooking out in the back yard, and tea. She loves tea! Her name is Allison Garwood.

Q: WHY ARE YOU SO OBSTINATE WHEN PEOPLE TELL YOU HOW WONDERFUL YOU ARE FOR ADOPTING?
A: This post: “What I Want You To Know About Loss and Adoption” explains is beautifully on Kristen Howerton’s blog Rage Against the Minivan.

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FATHER AND SON:

Reed introduces his son to the Malibu water. (Nov '09)

Reed introduces his son to the Malibu water. (Nov ’09)

Father/son affection always seems to involve adrenaline.

Father/son affection always seems to involve adrenaline.

Father's Day 2015.

Father’s Day 2015.

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