Thank you for all of the feedback on yesterday’s post, Does Her Name Really Matter. I didn’t expect so many responses and I appreciated each and every one. As I read your thoughts, I asked myself a lot of questions about why this nickname was bothering me. What was I really feeling?
Finally it hit me – I feel sorrow. Dimples’ story, both before and after joining our family, has many threads of loss woven through it, more loss than she or any of us can face sometimes.
I have a daughter who experienced terrible trauma and has a horrific attachment disorder. Our situation became so severe that, for now, we must allow others to parent her. I can’t even express how difficult that is for me.
The people now parenting her have given her a new name, and somehow that breaks my heart.
The change of her name seems representative of so much loss, and it hurts, friends, it really does.
Like all of the other things I’ve lived through with my children, we’ll sort out the nickname issue. In the end, as many of you said, it may not be a very big deal. What really matters for me right now, is to live this out in love and with as much grace as I can. The peace of Christ will come.
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