For Jeri and Sammy Robinson Wednesday, Nov. 10 was a very special day this year for something other than being the day before Veterans’ Day.
For the two, It was the day they officially became a family because on Wednesday, which was National Adoption Day, Sammy was adopted by Jeri his official new mother.
“I think it’s great,” said the five-year old Sammy about both the adoption and the formal ceremony that went with the adoption on National Adoption Day, which included a proclamation read and presented by Tucumcari Mayor Mary Mayfield, cake with candles, punch, balloons, a “teddy” bear and even a formal photographic portrait sitting by Eugene Morgan of Picture Perfect Studios.
The adopting Robinson, said she too thought all of the activities were, “pretty great.” She said probably the best part for her was that Sammy who had been a foster child with her had become her adopted son. “I think it’s wonderful,” said Robinson. “You hear about people saying that it’s (adopting children) is about giving to them and it is, but I’m here to tell you its about you getting, too. You get so much out of it you’ll never know. You’ll never know.”
Renee Fitts, the foster and adoptive parent recruiter for Quay County and one of the organizers of the event, said that each year other children in Quay County become available for adoption. She said two have been adopted in Quay County in just the last three months and another two are currently waiting for adoption. “They need families just like Sammy did,” said Fitts. “I can’t say enough times what a wonderful thing this is,” said Robinson as she watched her new son dine on his adoption cake.