Some days are bigger than other days. I’m sure you would agree. Recently we flew to Atlanta to visit our son and his family. On Monday, our youngest grandchild had her 18-month check-up—no shots this time!
Last Thursday, June 20th, was a big day–it was the day after I posted Adoption Laws. And the New York State Assembly passed Bill A5494! Now, all we need is Governor Cuomo’s signature and come January 15, 2020, New York State adult adoptees will be able to request a copy of their Original Birth Certificate. They will pay the regular fee for a vital record, such a marriage certificate. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law! Now that New York will be unrestricted, adoption advocates are hopeful that other states will follow New York and update their adoption laws. Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly for decades for the rights of adult adoptees. For details on the New York State bill, check out this site: https://adopteerightslaw.com/update-a5494/?fbclid=IwAR2iopWIV8yBbTgoB_n2KOMa_kYX7p-9Mq7KbllL0Bw4RPzkadP9PU4HL3I
June 20th also marked the beginning of the Summer Solstice. Depending on your time zone, it shifts from June 20th to June 22nd. For us in the Eastern Time Zone, the longest day of sunlight was Friday, June 21st. I hope your summer is off to a great start. I love the view from my desk—an array of beautiful trees and shrubs and lawns and a lovely breeze. The temperature is barely reaching 80. I’m a cool weather gal, so this is perfect. Ha! Yes, Atlanta was too hot!
Lastly, on June 20th, my publishing company sent back my memoir for final editing. Could this be the homestretch? I’m hoping for a summer publishing date. The photo below is on the cover. My grandfather, an amateur photographer, caught me in a quiet moment, launching my new sailboat. About a year ago, I asked my daughter if she liked the idea of putting this photo on the cover. She thought it was perfect because it shows a new adventure, much like my writing a memoir is a new adventure even after all these years. Happy Summer, everyone!
PS A dear friend asked about my dad’s handmade furniture. We do have the cherrywood corner cabinet and I promised a photo: