Thursday, March 15, 2007

Happy Family

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — Actress Angelina Jolie picked up a 3-year-old boy from a Vietnamese orphanage Thursday and headed to a ceremony where she was expected to adopt the child, officials said. The star, who arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday night, carried the boy from the Tam Binh orphanage to a waiting Toyota van. They were expected at the Department of Justice in Ho Chi Minh City where an official ceremony will be carried out to complete the adoption.

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Good for her. I know the current thinking is that foreign adoptions are the latest fad but Jolie doesn’t seem to be seeking out the attention for her little family. We see little Maddox happily tagging along to meet his brother.

There seems to be an underlying prejudice that families created through adoption are done with less thought or are somehow suspect because of the manner in which they are created. Under the celebrity births announcements in Entertainment Weekly I rarely see questions about why they are having kids.

Let’s allow the Jolie's a little space and give them the room to grow. I think this cross-cultural family is a beautiful thing and I wish them much love.

3 comments:

Steve S said...

I've seen so many comments on websites ragging on Angelina for 'another accessory'. It's amazing how people try to put their own ideas of motivation on her, when they have no idea what goes on in her head.

Terri said...

I think it's great...
she's doing a good thing for these kiddos...
it's really nobody's business what she does. She can adopt who she wants when she wants... she's providing a good home for them.

Red7Eric said...

Beautifully put. What really impresses me about Angelina is that she's being thoughtful about another Asian child so that her eldest son won't feel isolated in his own home, and I understand that she plans to do the same for Zahara soon. Right there, I know she's a good mom with a kind heart -- and yeah, she used to walk around with a vial of blood around her neck, but didn't we all do that when we were kids??!!

;-)