Belfast taxi drivers are the adopted sons of the city. My taxi driver was actually adopted. He found his birth mother a year ago. Turns out she lived next door to his lifelong friend. That was Saturday night. On Sunday Morning I was on BBC TV’s Sunday Morning Live on the subject “Should adoption be colour blind”..
Besides that colour blindnes is a physical deficiency why become metaphorically colour blind only when engaging with other races. If as an adopting parent of a black child you believe yourself to be colour blind then on one level your child has become invisible. The quesiton was perfectly put. Adoption should never be colour blind but I got involved in the debate and forgot the cleverness of the question. Lesson learned.
On the way back to the airport I was telling the taxi driver about his colleague from the day before. “I was adopted too” he said. He spoke of the nuns and the social services and of how what happened then affects him now. You can see the TV Show for the next six days.