Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both.
Those are the first two lines in “The Road Not Taken,” a well-known poem by Robert Frost.
As a birth mother you may be having those feelings. You want to travel two roads.
- You want to raise your child and witness that child progress and grow up.
- You also want to place your child where there may be additional opportunities.
Here is a truth—
Whichever “road” you take, you might be tempted to glamorize the road you didn’t take.
When we’re on a specific chosen road, we see the bumps, the hills, the trials, the problems, the obstacles. We don’t recognize that there are also bumps, problems, scorching heat, and uncomfortable patches on the other road.
This is why the decision you make for your baby is YOUR decision. The road you travel is YOUR road.
You must decide.
You must stand in front of the two divergent roads and make a decision. That decision will make all the difference.
We are here to stand by you as you contemplate both roads.
We are here to explain that we can help make accommodations in whichever road you decide to take. There is help for mothers who choose to parents. There are open adoption plans for those who decide to explore those options.
The last stanza of “The Road Not Taken:”
I shall be telling this with a sign
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.