My name is Bonnie Parsons. I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. When I was thirteen, my family moved to Amherst, Massachusetts where I attended high school and university. My husband, Paul, and I live in Clarence, New York. Previously, we lived in the Parkside neighborhood of North Buffalo for over thirty years where we raised our two children. We have five grandchildren.
I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I have a Masters degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from Buffalo State College.
Quotes from my blog:
Was My Curiosity Wrong?
“Why did I want to know who gave birth to me? My mom and I shared a strong mother-daughter bond. I never wanted to hurt her. I never wanted her to think she wasn't my one and only mom.”
Original Birth Certificate, Please
“Once I knew my birthmother’s name, I decided to ask for my original birth certificate. It was a tricky process, but thankfully, I succeeded. What a joy to hold that simple document, a lawful and legitimate record of my illegitimate birth!”
Completing the Triangle
“It became clear that my birthmother’s only option for me was adoption. There were no alternatives. I believe that without support from her family and community, she did her best. Eventually, I understood her decision.”
This card honors my two mothers. My mom and my birthmother both died from breast cancer. Each of us is unique and special in our own way. I hope to raise awareness of the value of identity, as well as the need to support breast cancer research.