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26 years ago today, my brother, Destin, and I were adopted by our step-father. Biologically, Destin is 36, and I am 46; however, legally, we are both 26 years old.

A good friend, and one of The Miami Valley’s most incredible musicians and performers, Jim McCutcheon, “The Guitar Man,” introduced me to this song this morning! Thanks, Jim!

And happy adoption day, Destin!
(If we are both 26, does this mean you are no longer my littler brother? Are we now twins?)

Listen to the video:

Oh, who would have guessed, who could have seen
Who could have possibly known
All these roads we have traveled, the places we’ve been
Would have finally taken us home


So here’s to you, three cheers to you
Let’s shout it, “Hip, hip, hip, hooray!”
For, out of a world so tattered and torn,
You came to our house on that wonderful morn
And all of a sudden this family was born
Oh, happy Adoption Day!

There are those who think families happen by chance
A mystery their whole life through
But we had a voice and we had a choice
We were working and waiting for you


No matter the name and no matter the age
No matter how you came to be
No matter the skin, we are all of us kin
We are all of us one family


Song credits:
words & music by John McCutcheon

John: autoharp & vocal
Bobby Read: piano & organ
Pete Kennedy: guitar
Dennis Esapantman: bass
Robert “Jos” Jospe: drums
Martha Sandefer: harmony vocal

©1992 John McCutcheon/Appalsongs (ASCAP)
Charlottesville, VA 1991.
from Family Garden (Rounder 8026)

Darin L. Jolliffe-Haas

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