Angel on Earth
Seventeen years ago I found myself in a place that I never thought I would be in and it was even scarier than I ever could have imagined. I was nineteen, just starting my sophomore year in college, and pregnant. When you are young and see that ominous positive result, the one that you see even after your third test, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In a nanosecond fears come flooding in, guilt catches hold, worries of what others will think, how you let people down, how you let yourself down, and instantly you start thinking of someone else and how that someone else isn’t going away so you got to pull it together and fast.
I sat with this information for a while, rolling around the word “pregnant” on my tongue, in private of course as it was too scary to say it in the presence of others. And every time I thought of adoption something in my body would sing. As much as I tried to ignore that song, I couldn’t, so I decided to find out more about adoption.
The first few agencies I interviewed with left me more confused than ever, not one of the counselors did I enjoy spending time with, highly impersonal, each meeting felt just like a routine first appointment. They were the “here is my card I am free from nine until five Monday through Friday except at lunch and any time that is not scheduled in advance” kind of meeting, I could have been anybody. Then I met Geri. So amazing was that meeting that I will say it twice, and then I met Geri. She was so warm, so open, so emotionally available, and so honest about open adoption and her belief in it. I could tell that this wasn’t just a job to her. I felt seen by her. I left that appointment with a feeling of hope that I maybe had found the answer to what this person inside was trying to tell me.
Fast forward to today and I still cannot say enough good things about Geri. She is the kind of person who you meet and think, haven’t I known you my whole life? She gives her all to and for you, cries with you when you are low, and is your biggest cheerleader in the whole process, before and after the birth of your child. I can honestly say that I would not have placed my daughter in an open adoption had I not met Geri. She was the sign that I was praying for, the angel on earth creating families that would otherwise not exist. Future birthmoms, please know, that you are in good hands, some of the best I have ever seen.
Adoptions by Heart
4605 S. Yosemite St.
Denver CO. 80237
*Disclaimer – Photos and testimonials may be from both present and previous clients of employment of Geri Glazer and Jeanne Reisig.