Rumor has it that Land of Gazillion Adoptees is partnering with CQT Media And Publishing on an anthology that will focus on mythological beings – parents who are adoptees. Obviously the book will be a work of fiction. We all know adoptees are eternal infants, per many adoption agencies and certain adoptive parents who always refer to adoptees as “kids,” “children,” “babies,” etc. At any rate, while we wait for that (epic science-fiction) anthology, Land of Gazillion Adoptees plans on talking with folks like Melinda Winn.
Land of Gazillion Adoptees: You’re married with two really adorable kids. What are the kids like?
Melinda: My kids rock. Seriously. They both are very curious about the world around them. Jackson is extremely inquisitive for a 2 year old and smart, funny, and kind-hearted. He certainly keeps me on my toes with all of his “mommy, what is that?” questions throughout the day. He understands things quickly, it’s sort of scary. Mia is our sweet, happy baby girl. She also figures things out pretty quickly and wants to do everything her big brother does. We can tell already that she’s going to be a tenacious little girl – there is no stopping her when she wants something.
LGA: What’s the best part of parenting?
Melinda: The best part of parenting? Being a kid all over again! I spend most of my days building forts, playing with blocks, trains, dinosaurs, coloring, picking up sticks and rocks, singing, running, jumping and going to the playground. Being a parent gives me an excuse to be silly and immature all day long.
LGA: Word… You’ve mentioned in the past your desire to travel to South Korea. What factors are stopping you?
Melinda: I’ve actually gone back to Korea several times. The last time I went was in 2004. I dream about taking my kids there one day so they can see part of their heritage. Honestly, I have avoided all things Korean for several years because it was easier for me to avoid that part of me. I’ve learned to suppress my desire to know more about my biological family and history for the sake of not going down an emotional road. Sometimes, I just get overwhelmed by it all. But since I’ve become a parent – I know that I can’t continue to avoid this part of my history, which is now a part of my kids’ history. I could probably use a little guidance in this area.
LGA: Thanks for taking the time, Melinda! And I’m sure there are plenty of folks who would be happy to talk with you about traveling to our homeland with kids.