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    Speaking of worms, my dad and most of my family actually are big fishermen. My dad was once asked to appear on a 'sportsman/fisherman show but he turned it down...that still surprises me given his narcissism (I know that's not nice)...his picture did appear on a state tourism brochure...

    Anyway, my dad would try to force me into fishing when i was just a chald, so one time I told him that an earthworm's nervous system was 10,000 times more sensitive than a person's. I asked him if he could imagine how much it would hurt a worm when you put a fishing hook through it. He just looked at me with at first with a blank stare and then as if I was from another planet...

    I am adopted, after all...
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    I was adopted too, NAP. It's fascinating experiencing first-hand the dynamic of nature and nurture.

    No-one can call you a black sheep though. You're adopted. Of course you're different.

    I've never sought out blood relations but I'd love to know what they do. There's gotta be scientists, artists, and musicians.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dreamtimer View Post
    I was adopted too, NAP. It's fascinating experiencing first-hand the dynamic of nature and nurture.

    No-one can call you a black sheep though. You're adopted. Of course you're different.

    I've never sought out blood relations but I'd love to know what they do. There's gotta be scientists, artists, and musicians.
    wow... really! that's fascinating... incidentally, the only thing I've ever heard my daughter say she was afraid of, it was volcanoes... funny thing about it, I told her it was really nothing to be frightened of because it was very predictable and slow acting...given Hawaii now that reassurance goes into my log of 'famous last words'

    b.t.w. tell me more about you...do you have biological family connections...anything you care to reveal.

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    wow... really! that's fascinating... incidentally, the only thing I've ever heard my daughter say she was afraid of, it was volcanoes... funny thing about it, I told her it was really nothing to be frightened of because it was very predictable and slow acting...given Hawaii now that reassurance goes into my log of 'famous last words'

    b.t.w. tell me more about you...do you have biological family connections...anything you care to reveal.
    I just read the rest of your post...

    I never had any desire either until my daughter was born then I thought it would be important for her, if for no other reason that medical info. So I did...and I still think they made a mistake...

    Mother: brunette with blue eyes, German Irish
    Father: Dark skinned Italian

    I would have had to pay more for medical info...so I let it go. I was born in Sioux City Iowa and adopted from St. Thomas Orphanage in Lincoln Nebraska
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    Interestingly, my sister-in-law was also adopted. We're not related but we look alike and we used to pretend we were sisters when we were friends.

    We were friends in middle school, my brother and she dated starting in high school.

    People still mistake us for sisters.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dreamtimer View Post
    Interestingly, my sister-in-law was also adopted. We're not related but we look alike and we used to pretend we were sisters when we were friends.

    We were friends in middle school, my brother and she dated starting in high school.

    People still mistake us for sisters.
    yeah, I understand...

    One of the things I've gone through life with is that I've always looked at people that put off a specific vibe as 'potential' family connections.
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    Adoption triggery for me. Interesting, so neither of you wish to meet your genetic family?

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    Quote Originally posted by enjoy being View Post
    Adoption triggery for me. Interesting, so neither of you wish to meet your genetic family?
    ... only from a distance...they could be crazy m*therf*ckers... Here's the thing...I've place a few 'notices' in strategic locations regarding 'me'. No one has ever expressed an interest, so it is likely they don't want to meet me. 'Likely' might be a little strong but never been 'jogged' anyway.

    Some unusual things have happened...

    According to my adoptive father...when I was still in a 'crib' I was outside in our front yard and someone tried to kidnap me and a family dog saved me (I don't know if that is a true story or not because at least I could never trust what my dad said concerning our adoptions and early lives...it was always evasive with a few 'hints' thrown in...it was maddening)

    Much later I tracked a 'hit' on my background from a small town in Iowa in close proximity to where I was born...I could never establish anything.

    I did manage to track down a 'female' that had been in the orphanage at the same time I was but a few years older...I got some potential info from her but it has never led anywhere.
    I have a book that explores the history of the orphanage I was in.

    I haven't had the courage to track down any connection through formal channels...my younger half-brother is scared to even try.
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    My older brother does know his biological parents names...his name was 'Jimmy Joe Watkins' before he was adopted. He was placed in adoption services listed as an abused child. He was renamed 'Richard James' by our parents. He was born in Wichita Kansas.
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    I haven't tried to find my biological relatives. I am curious and also hesitant. I'm not sure what affect trying to find them would have. They were likely teenagers when they got pregnant.

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    Removed for privacy now the people have read.
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    yeah, I get it, EB...

    it can be quite complex at times...life that is. It shows a good spirit that you wish to reach out. And you demonstrate reasons why separated families rejoining can be such a mixed bag.
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    Ahem, we seem to have come quite a long way from talking about predatory worms, which, if any of you remember, is what this thread was originally about...




    Strong in this one, the attention deficit disorder is.



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    Yes, it was easily noted the thread was started about worms. I'm kind of in to moving on from news topics once they aren't news anymore, but thats fine, we'll leave it at that and I'll bump the thread in 3 or 4 years with no further posts in it :-P

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    Quote Originally posted by Aragorn View Post
    Ahem, we seem to have come quite a long way from talking about predatory worms, which, if any of you remember, is what this thread was originally about...




    Strong in this one, the attention deficit disorder is.



    as Garfield said, "I resemble that remark"

    there's always a thread of connection, though ... just let the mind roam.
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