It was important to stay on the adults’ good side.
There was no one else to take care of you,
and if you questioned them too adamantly,
you’d probably get sent to your room without dinner,
or they’d drive a stake through your ankles
and leave you on the hillside above the Mobil station.
~ Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Many adoptees have a lifelong fear of being abandoned – again. Whether they remember their earliest days or not, it is buried deep within them that someone important once left them behind.
Logical reasons for their adoptive state do not always soothe an adoptee. After all, if it happened once, it could happen again.