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By Phil the Canuck (Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 10:32:53 AM EST) (all tags)
Things actually happened in my life.

Or thing, anyway.

The Wife and I decided it was time that she adopt the kids.  A while back we started the wheels in motion.  Got an attorney.  Had a homestudy.

Our court date was earlier in the week.  The kids were nervous about talking to a judge, but we assured them that this was a happy judge and not a puinishment judge.  What we didn't know is that, while being remarkably friendly, she's like a machine.  It was an adoption assembly line.  Clerk gets family.  Judge asks the appropriate questions and signs papers.  Judge tells clerk to get the next family.  Judge takes pictures.  Repeat.  She was turning families over at a rate of about one every three minutes.

Everyone we know was very concerned about one part of the process.  I knew about it long before the process ever started, but everyone else was taken by surprise.  The first step is for me to give the kids up for adoption, then we both adopt them (my sister was actually adopted by my dad, and this had been mentioned to me in the past).  Many of The Wife's friends we concerned that the court was going to pull some sort of trick, like calling a list of shock witnesses or some such.  So for thirty seconds the kids were parentless.

Now that this has been done, a weight has been lifted.  Not that I expect to, say, die in a fiery car crash, but if I do the kids won't get uprooted.  I moved here because I felt it was the best way to make a stable home for the kids, and I promised them that they were done leaving friends behind.  Had something happened to me, The Wife would have had no claim to the kids.  My brother was their named guardian. He would not have taken the kids since I had mentioned that I wanted them to stay put, but there are other people in play here. 

Their idiot uncle almost certainly would have swooped in.  His own sister couldn't stand the thought of him raising her children, and I certainly never wanted it.  Now the kids are safe.  We can discuss local guardian options should something happen to both of us.  In the worst case, the kids don't lose all of their friends along with us.  They don't get uprooted to live in Ottawa with the Colonel, or in Toronto with the Idiot.

The Idiot, for the record, has lost his Cadillac and burned his professional bridges.  So burned that he's managing a fast-food location.  It seems I was right, a decade ago, when I warned him that he couldn't play employers off each other forever. 
< on sleep | I'm finishing my move tonight. >
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Wow, instant children by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 09:06:46 PM EST
that must mean a lot to you.

Just add water! by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 01:42:00 PM EST

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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a list of shock witnesses by duxup (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 03:28:22 PM EST
I would think if that were common people would have heard about it a few times.  Unless the media is in on it...

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