I got to meet the beautiful and Lillie last weekend. We met at the Iowa State Fair, and we had a mission. Holt International Adoption Agency had a booth there. We had some questions for them.
It was a hot crowded day at the fair, the scent of corndogs was in the air when I found my friend along with her husband and two wonder children. We made introductions and decided to take care of our business with Holt first thing.
Lillie, her son, and I headed into the Industries Building where hot tubs, vinyl siding, emu oil, and children are sold. It took us a while to find the Holt booth, all the way my friend’s son asked where we were going, we told him we were looking for the bad ladies who steal children.
After much searching and only being hit by a few strollers and one guy on a rascal scooter, we found Holt’s booth. They didn’t have a sign, but we could tell we had found them because they had many pictures of cute children from a variety of countries.
There were three people in the booth, a new adoptive mother with her brand new child, and an agency worker. The agency worker looked to be in her thirties, attractive in a athletic kind of way, with the slightly stunned look that comes from drinking too much of the adoption Kool-Aid.
We approached the booth and began to look at the literature that was laid out. Lots of stuff about the beauty of adoption and how it would fulfill all the dreams of a perspective adoptive parent. There was also an emphasis on the savior aspect of international adoption, lots of pictures of sad looking children presumably only waiting on a well heeled American couple to come save them.
They had bookmarks, I took one. One one side it has a picture of a laughing woman holding a child. On the other side it says:
is the substance
not yet seen.
finding families for children
Then the agency worker approached us……..