Corbett and Meecha's story.
Corbett, 40 and single and a wheelchair user, decides to adopt a Chinese baby girl with cerebral palsy.
As Corbett says, "I just don't have a belief in a cruel God. I feel like if God says a baby is falling from the sky you're just supposed to say, 'o.k.' and put out your arms and catch."
Share their joy and love as they transform even the simple things of life. A trip to the farmers market opens into the immortal question, shop or dance?
As the mother-daughter dance together in street, in their wheel chairs, it is a moment of acceptance and love.
Corbett O'Toole: I think being a woman is really cool and I thought it would be a blast to share that with a girl. But you know, I was twenty and then I was thirty and then I was forty and they said, 'hey Corbett. Corbett would want a baby.' And I was like, 'Yeah. I want a baby.'
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Meecha O'Toole: Grapes.
Corbett O'Toole: Should we get some grapes? O.K. Here's some grapes. Let's go check out what's down here.
Corbett: And my friends were like, 'You can't be serious! You're forty two years old, you're going to do what? You're going to adopt a baby with cerebral palsy, you know nothing about this kid, you know nothing about her family, you know nothing about what's going to happen to her.'
Meecha: Dried apricots.
Corbett: You'd like to taste a dried apricot? O.K..
Corbett: I just don't have a belief in a cruel God. I feel like if God says a baby is falling from the sky you're just supposed to say, 'o.k.' and put out your arms and catch.
Corbett: What do you think Meech?
Corbett: You like apricots. I'm gonna put the rest in the back.
Corbett: This is making this part of my life that I've sorta been coasting the last five years. I just thought, 'oh well, I guess everything's not perfect but I'll just sort of blah, blah.' Now I'm like, 'No! If that's not good enough for her, if she deserves better than just coasting, then I deserve better than just coasting.' And that was a side effect I really didn't expect.
Corbett: Whoa. Look what I see over there...So, should we shop or dance?
Corbett: When my daughter was born the government went to her birth mother and said to her birth mother, 'Listen. We're never gonna find a home for this kid and so you just need to sign these papers and put her in an institution.' Three times this young woman just said, 'No. I really love this baby and I am not gonna let that happen to my kid. No my kid is worth it. Disabled or not, my kid is worth it. You promised me a home, this kid is going to get a home.' And then, as soon as she finally convinced them that she was never going to give in, that's when they found me....The reality is, I live in a culture with people who look like me and move through space like I do and I really thought that it would be really cool to have a kid to share that with. In her world, the kids in her world now know and parents now know, 'Oh! One of the things that people in wheelchairs can do is be a mother.' Which they didn't have a clue about before we kind of came along.