|The esteemed Grady Wilson from Sandford & Son|
Without a doubt it would have been a Oscar winning success ushering in the new era of com-dramaties. Alas, before I could fulfill this destiny I saw sumthin' shiny, heard someone say the word tiara or started flirtin' with some cute boy... But I digress.
I was reminded of the impact of
Normally this would seem like the kind of thing a girl like me, who wasn't adopted and hasn't adopted would gloss over.
What The Beagle had no way of knowing when he made that post is that I have a cousin who was adopted.
(Weird BBG family news side note; I look very much like my mother. There's hardly a time when Mom and I are together that some stranger doesn't comment on the fact that there's no denying that we are mother/daughter or inquires if we are siblings [which is a far sweeter deal for her than it is me]. My adopted cousin looks more like my Mom than I do. In fact, if my cousin didn't know her birth parents, and I wasn't older than her [meaning I would have remembered my mom gettin' chunky for nine months], I would drag them off to Maury for a DNA test so fast their heads would spin.)
He doesn't know how often I think good thoughts for my friends who went though literal hell to be parents, including losing an infant child to cancer, prolonged patches of infertility and multiple miscarriages, who after a decade + were recently blessed with not one, but 2 babies they adopted in the course of 6 months.
The Beagle didn't know that making me aware that National Adoption Day was an actual thing would cause me to stop and whip this up meme and post it on the BBGW page:
What I didn't know was that
I assumed per usual, nine people would see the post and 2 would like it/comment on it and that would be fuckin' that. However, 24 hours later discovered that it has actually been seen by more than 145,000+ people and more significantly that it's been shared closing in on 2k times. ...Which in and of itself isn't the good. The real good, the demonstrative good it created were the sentiments it elicited from the share-ers. Adoptive parents telling their children how much they loved them and what blessings they are to their families. Adopted children thanking their parents and sending love. People in the process of adopting expressing the hope that soon they could make/add to their family. A few birth parents who wrote in such loving tones of the decision they made to provide a different life than they could provide to their children. It was, even by a non-mushy girls standards, a beautiful and touching thing to witness.
I doubt that even now The Beagle has any inkling of the scope of the wave of gratitude and love he created in the world from the personal pebble he dropped yesterday. But it's a valuable lesson to the rest of us to be mindful that our words and actions, even innocuous and seemingly unnoticed ones have ramifications. That even when unbeknownst to us, our daily ripples are more powerful than they on initial inspection may appear.
If having thousands of people sharing a lil' love can be the result of one single and small action and :30 seconds of effort from two folks, imagine the power you have to impact something or someone with your next decision or act. It might make more of an impact than you know. Choose wisely.
...Now excuse me, I have a manuscript to write.
(No, you're right that's never gonna happen. But I am going to Google to see if Grady's Ripple is something I can get my hands on. @Imcurious.com And keep my eyes open for opportunities to help create some ripples of good out there. Hope you will too. The world could use more good waves.)