When Meg Ryan adopted her second child, Daisy True, then 14 months old, from China in late 2006, it wasn’t because she wanted to “rescue” a child, as is the assumption some people make when a star adopts a child.
“It wasn’t that. I just saw that face and I knew we were just related. I always thought I’d do it,” Ryan says of adopting. “It’s such a deliberate act, this adoption, as opposed to getting pregnant sometimes. You have to be very, very awake.”
Meg met her new daughter in an hotel near Shanghai, where Meg waited in a restaurant above the conference room where Daisy had been “crying and crying for an hour and a half” before the the officials came to get her. However, when Daisy was placed in Meg’s arms,
“Daisy stopped crying. I’m not kidding you. She checked me out and then she went to sleep. The next six to eight hours, she’d wake up and be very afraid and then she’d cry and then relax and play with you. I’d do the same thing. Just get really afraid, then really expanded. It was this metaphysical kind of labor, this crazy meeting.”
Meg also has a 16-year-old son, Jack, with her ex, Dennis Quaid, and Daisy is 3-and-a-half now. Meg still carries the first photo of Daisy the orphanage sent her in her wallet – and of being a parent to her two kids, she says,
“It taught me a lot about any expectations you have in life. Just toss them away. Throw them out.”
Source: LA Times
Photo: Flynet 5/08