Here’s a brief e-mail conversation that I had with Miguel Lindgren. Considering my recent critiques, this post will most likely surprise some folks. But, hey, Miguel and his wife Monica Dooner are doing some fantastic work personally and professionally; they should be highlighted in places like Land of Gazillion Adoptees. I admire Miguel and Monica. I’m happy to be able to carry on civil conversations with individuals like them, regardless of our differences.
Land of Gazillion Adoptees: You two are married. How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?
Miguel: I first laid eyes on Monica at the very first organizing meeting for the creation of the Resource Committee for Adopted Adults (RCAA) at the office of Children’s Home Society and Family Services (CHSFS). From the moment I first saw her, I knew there was something very special about her. I was very excited to not only take part in the creation of the RCAA but also in the opportunity to get to know other adopted adults, especially Monica. It did not take us too long to see that we have so much in common (philosophy, values, religion, politics, music, language, cultural interests, etc.) and really enjoyed each other’s company. I guess I’d say it was an inevitable conclusion that I would ask her to marry me.
Land of Gazillion Adoptees: You two are very involved in local politics. Could you talk about what you do?
Miguel: Monica and I recognize that politics is the tool for the average person to bring about meaningful societal change and also the sad fact that so many of us don’t participate in the political process. We work to support progressive candidates that put people first (especially minorities, families, women, children, the elderly and the poor) as well as to bring people into the political process. We are member’s of the Latino Caucus of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL), the democratic party in MN which advocates for the interests of the democratic party through the lens of the Latino community.
Land of Gazillion Adoptees: You two have also been vocal advocates for adoption. Could you explain why?
Monica and I believe that our adoption is one of the greatest blessings we have received. We respond in gratitude to that gift by advocating for adoption. We advocate by sharing our stories and feelings in various settings such as adopting parent education panels. We also think that it is important that adopted children that have had similar experiences to ours have adult role models that they could approach with questions and issues on their adoption journey. One way in which we do this is by serving as volunteers at a culture camp for children adopted from Latin America (La Semana). We also volunteer in fundraising projects by adoption related organizations. This fall I’ll be running the Twin Cities Marathon and I’m using this opportunity to raise funds for orphanage support projects by CHSFS.