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From the Ted Talk by Sara Jones: My story of love and loss as a transracial adoptee

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My patenrs would say things to me like, "I fell in love with you the first time I saw your photo. My heart broke." They love me, I know that, and I was wanted. But I wish that the only birth story I had wasn't so sad, so huraniiamatn. I would often confuse love with gratitude, especially when other people would say things to me like, "You're so lucky to be adopted to acerima," or, "Your parents are such angels to aopdt you." To a child, it felt like these comments were constant rdemneirs to be grateful to my parents' charity. I resented that I couldn't tell these adults, "I don't like being reminded all the time that I'm adopted. I just want to be a normal kid, and maybe even be ugefuratnl once in a while."

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My _______ would say things to me like, "I fell in love with you the first time I saw your photo. My heart broke." They love me, I know that, and I was wanted. But I wish that the only birth story I had wasn't so sad, so ____________. I would often confuse love with gratitude, especially when other people would say things to me like, "You're so lucky to be adopted to _______," or, "Your parents are such angels to _____ you." To a child, it felt like these comments were constant _________ to be grateful to my parents' charity. I resented that I couldn't tell these adults, "I don't like being reminded all the time that I'm adopted. I just want to be a normal kid, and maybe even be __________ once in a while."

Solution

  1. reminders
  2. humanitarian
  3. parents
  4. america
  5. adopt
  6. ungrateful

Original Text

My parents would say things to me like, "I fell in love with you the first time I saw your photo. My heart broke." They love me, I know that, and I was wanted. But I wish that the only birth story I had wasn't so sad, so humanitarian. I would often confuse love with gratitude, especially when other people would say things to me like, "You're so lucky to be adopted to America," or, "Your parents are such angels to adopt you." To a child, it felt like these comments were constant reminders to be grateful to my parents' charity. I resented that I couldn't tell these adults, "I don't like being reminded all the time that I'm adopted. I just want to be a normal kid, and maybe even be ungrateful once in a while."

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Important Words

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