That is how parents whose children became theirs describe things. Adoption is an action, they say. And once it is over you are a “child,” not an “adopted child.” At least most of the time.
The word “adopted” as a modifier is being given a workout in the days since Katie Holmes announced her split from Tom Cruise. As you probably know, Cruise was married before, to Nicole Kidman, and during their marriage they adopted two children. News organizations have spent the week telling us of Katie’s fears that, as Suri grows and becomes more entrenched in her father’s Scientology religion, she might lose contact with her mother the way Kidman did with Connor and Isabella.
Reading an in-depth investigative analysis on this in the Hollywood Reporter this morning I was struck by how often the older Cruise kids were described in terms of whose womb they exited.
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