Strands

What are genetics, exactly, when we are adopted?

Andrea Ruggirello
Jan 14, 2020 · 9 min read
Illustration by Carmen Johns

TThe first time I try to tell the future, I am 8 years old. I sit with friends around a table in the cafeteria and we make lists of the types of places we’ll live (mansion, apartment, shack) and the men we’ll marry (a who’s who of 90’s Hollywood heartthrobs) and the number of children we’ll have (zero never seems to be an option). We take turns drawing tally marks with…