Owen, who was adopted through KidsFirst, wrote this for a school assignment when he was in the 6th grade. So sweet to see his perspective.  We think he could teach all of us something!

Have you ever thought about what life in Russia would be like? While, I don't really know what it was like, I have seen photos and videos. I lived in Russia for the first ten months of my life, but then I was adopted by an American family. I think Russia would be cold and covered with snow. Maybe there would be fewer school days because of all the snow. It would hopefully have great sledding hills. It would also mean that I would have to live in a small apartment complex and struggle to get enough food because the people there are very poor. I would not have had the freedom I have now if I had stayed in Russia and had never been adopted. To me, freedom means a whole new life.

Freedom gave me an American citizenship. When our plane, coming from Moscow touched down on American soil in New York, the pilot welcomed eight new American citizens that were on board.  He was talking about the eight babies from Russia, one of them was me.   In America, if you are a citizen, you can do many things. I have freedom of religion, the right to vote, and equality with fellow men. In America, I have the freedom to choose what my life will be like. America has so much more freedom than Russia does. American citizenship gave me lots of freedoms.

Secondly, freedom gave me many opportunities I have today. With opportunity comes quality food, education, career choice, better health care and luxuries.  If I had not been adopted, and had grown up in the orphanage in Murmansk, Russia, I would probably not have even had an education.  If I would have had an education, it would not have been as good as my education at Park Tudor.  I wouldn’t have had anything close to this iPad. I would maybe be very sick or dead without good health care and without plenty of food to eat. I would not have any game systems like an Xbox. If I hadn't come to America, I wouldn't have had the many opportunities I have now. 

Freedom gave me a family.  Have you ever thought that you wish you didn't have a family? Well you actually are very blessed to even have a family.  Many children in Russia do not have families, and I could have been one of those kids.  The result of me being adopted is that I now have a mom, dad, and sister.  I now have grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  If I had stayed in Russia, I also wouldn't have my pet rabbit.  My relatives close and far love me and take care of me.  I can't imagine what I would do without my whole family.  I wouldn't be myself without my family.  Without freedom, I wouldn't have my family.

My whole new life was created by freedom.  My life is so much different because I was adopted from Russia and brought to America.  Although I am a true American and love this country, I am still curious about what Russia would be like.  Someday I would like to go back to Russia and learn about the country I came from.

AuthorSteven Pecar