I have really missed blogging over the past several weeks and connecting with others in the blogging community! It’s been a very busy semester in school, but thankfully, the semester is quickly coming to a close – officially May 2nd. Woo hoo!
This morning I was going through my email box and deleting old messages. I came across some correspondence I saved during the search for my birthfamily in Taiwan. The earliest of these emails dates back to March of 2010. Wow, that period seems like a lifetime ago! I also saved communications that I received from other adoptees from Taiwan who were adopted from the same orphanage, ‘Children’s Planning Association of China.’ It’s been so cool to connect with other adult adoptees via this blog who share a similar story of origin. I feel that it’s been an amazing journey full of personal growth and insight. What always strikes me are the similarities, but also the differences among international adoptees. I always feel a unique bond of kinship among other international and transracial adoptees.
Lately, I’ve been considering legally changing my middle name to my first name of origin, Hsiao-ling. Honestly, I’m not even sure if there should be a hyphen between the first and second syllables, but that’s how it’s spelled on my adoption contract. And sadly, I can never remember how to form the Chinese characters. I was told that Hsiao-ling means “grace” or something akin to that. I downloaded the paperwork to begin the legal name change process, but haven’t had time to actually complete it. Then there’s all of the hullabaloo to change personal IDs and other items, etc. once my petition is granted.
My adoptive parents gave me the middle name, “Chaling.” I’m guessing that they based it upon my given birth name, but for some reason, changed the spelling. I don’t know why – maybe to “Americanize” it? I’m so curious to know how they came about it. Anyway, legally changing my name to my birth name would mean so much to me. Why wouldn’t I change my middle name to reflect its original spelling? It seems like a no-brainer. I’ll keep you posted on the process…