Dear Adoption, You Made Me The Great Pretender

IMG_4227.JPGDear Adoption, You Made Me The Great Pretender

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Pretending I’m doing well
My need is such
I pretend too much
I’m lonely but no one can tell
Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Adrift in a world of my own
I play the game but to my real shame
You’ve left me to dream all alone
Too real is this feeling of make-believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal…

Ram, Buck (1955). The Great Pretender [Recorded by The Platters].
     [Record]. Chicago: Mercury Record Corporation.

Why do I say that you made me The Great Pretender? Well, let’s start at the beginning. At about a week old, I went to go live with the people who became my parents. I became their only child, “as if” born to them. The paperwork with your name, “Order of Adoption”, said so. Yet…

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