But for some of our most meaningful concept words, we apply them to all sorts of things. Take love for example. I love my daughter yes, but I also love coffee, walks, my wrap, sleeping in and meaningful conversations. I love all those things - to lesser or greater degrees.
Adopt (and Adoption) is another one of those words, that we use in all sorts of ways. I never thought of it before I adopted myself. Oh wait, I should be more clear, until I adopted a child. A human being. Not a highway, a road, an idea, a pet, a family, a school, a block, a park or a classroom. Before I adopted a child. Of course those who have been a part of the journey know that there is a human being involved, but looking at google, you might wonder.
Here are the top -55 or so results when I goggled, "Adopt a..."
As far as I can tell, 3 out of the top 55 are about adopting a child. And this bothers me.
I know what a powerful, life altering, not-to-be-taken-lightly thing adoption is. For ALL involved, and to see it literally in the same category as "Adopt A Hottie" and "Adopt a Hydrant" is surprising.
So, I for one am taking the word back.
Has anyone else felt this way? What have you done about it? Does it make a difference what word people use? Am I being silly?