Published: 2015 Independantly (Kindle edition) | Pages: 130 | Review Request
After fifteen years of up-all-night gay disco dance parties, Sean O’Donnell and his longtime partner Todd decided to trade in their leather chaps for mom jeans and start a family. In August 2012 the not-so ambiguously gay duo walked into a Pittsburgh-based adoption agency and said, “We’d like a child, please.”
For the next several months they attended parenting classes, subjected themselves to probing FBI background checks, and completed enough paperwork to reforest the whole of the Amazon River basin. Despite lacking a magical baby-making vagina the pair successfully made omelets without eggs when in July 2013 they flew to Oregon to meet their seven-year-old son for the first time.
No longer Sean and Todd; they would now be forever known as Dad and Papa to the observant boy with a million questions. No sooner had they settled into their new roles when the stork returned the following year, delivering another boy who quickly proved that five-year-olds were basically talking babies who could use the toilet.
This is one of my ‘review request’ books that was kindly put forward by Sean Michael O’Donnell (the author, himself!) via good ol’ facebook. First of all, love the fact that this entire book hits you straight between the eyes regarding ‘gay parenthood’. I, for one, am totally for it – surely it’s better for children to be loved and adored than subjected to abuse, and surely it shouldn’t make any difference what sexuality the parents are. So what if it’s 2 guys, 2 girls or your traditional guy & girl – this is the 21st century – too many horrible things are going on in the world and to deny a child a loving home just because the parents may be homosexual is not great. (Right, rant over!)
So to the book itself. I ABSOLUTELY 100% LOVED EVERY PAGE AND DIDN’T WANT IT TO END. Honestly, it is so well written, and I love the little snippets of Sean’s fun writing style that are injected throughout the book like crossing out things he’s really thinking in order to actually emphasise what should actually be said. For example, Sean is discussing Chris’ (his newly adopted son) emotions and explains how he deals with crying for joy, “Like any good stage mother not wanting to miss out on a moment of the drama, I counted to almost sixty before rushing up the stairs, two at a time, to get the full story. I mean, like a good parent, I respected his need for privacy and allowed him several minutes to compose himself before checking on him.”
I read this on my iphone during my commute to work, and had to hold in the laughter a lot of the time. Even though it can be a bit of a difficult subject matter (adoption), Sean shows the reader how the ups and downs of it all lead to the amazing gift of his sons: Chris and Elijah. I really connected with each member of Sean’s family, even their 2 dogs! The contextual information given during scenes in the home or the mall really help you, as the reader, to picture exactly what life must be like for the 2 little boys.
I just love how it was a quick, witty read that uplifted your Monday morning blues and reminded you that there is some good in this world – you’ve just got to be willing to be open to it.
I just want to say a massive thank you to Sean who allowed me to review this wonderful book. Most definitely a 5-star read for me, and i really want this to come out in paperback!