What You Like (and Don't) in March/April
I was also adopted out of Boston when I was 6 weeks old. Always knew it, for was given the book The Chosen Baby by Valentina. P. Wasson. (Probably out of print by now.) When I was 50 I received a letter from HEW Dept. of Social Services saying IF I was so in so and IF my parents were, then someone was looking for me. (I’m now almost 62.) I called and come to find out, I had a sister and two brothers. Our mother never married which was unheard of in the 1940s. She kept a brother to pass on the family name and he never had children. Still very close to my sister. I was brought up as an only child so it’s still rather strange having siblings.
My heart was so touched by Thom Rock’s story “Baby Boy #3331.” I’m still dabbing away the tears. Both my parents were my birth parents and they were wonderful and loving and we had a great life. My dad died of cancer when I was young. Mr. Rock wrote so beautifully about his birth mom and the situation. I hope one day he finds Rosalie and the circle can be completed for both of them.
Sincerely, a real Yankee fan.
Donna Skjeveland, Holbrook, New York
I was deeply moved by Thom’s letter to Rosalie. Although he was given a wonderful childhood and upbringing by his adoptive parents, it is clear to see that he has unresolved issues with his birth mother. I truly hope that his wish comes true and that somehow Rosalie will contact him.
Elizabeth Lapointe, Danvers, Massachusetts
As a recent subscriber to Yankee, I groaned when it suddenly arrived in its upsized, upscaled format. It looks a lot like another glossy ex-magazine, New England Monthly, which glossified its way to bankruptcy, in spite of its great writing.
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I have been a Yankee subscriber, it seems, since the earth just started to get round. It is always a joy when your latest edition arrives at the house, and now more than ever! Not to worry; I can find Ms. Clark’s column wherever you choose to put it and I like the new paper you are using. Further, I think the new size is a stroke of genius. Being a male 78-year-old, I never did tuck away my copies in my purse, but they did seem to get lost among my stack of grown-up sized magazines. If Henry Ford had given up tinkering we could all still be driving a Model T, so I say keep tinkering, Mr. Allen! My feeling is if the old saying about “if it ain’t broke” were really true, (if you can stand another simile) we’d still be using carbon paper. Nice work, Yankee!
Robin Bonneau, Manchester, New Hampshire
Mel Allen is editor of Yankee Magazine and author of A Coach’s Letter to His Son.