Last summer, for Anthony's birthday I had his DNA tested. Am I romantic or what?!
Anyway, it was really interesting and got us thinking about testing Nathan. As his parents, I guess we have really begun to embrace the idea that one of our roles is to help him get the fullest picture of his history as possible and testing his DNA seemed like a fun way to add to the picture he is developing.
Interestingly enough, I have heard over the last few months from the adoption group I am involved with on Facebook, that this can be a really important step for adoptees. For many, their country of origin is one of the only things they know for sure about themselves and what some are discovering is that while they have developed a bunch of their identity around being, say, Korean, they are in fact less than 50% Korean and it kind of throws them for a loop.
Funnily enough, I also had my DNA tested and after spending my entire 35 years thinking I was essentially German with my very German maiden name, I'm in fact less than 1% German!! (My family is seriously scratching our heads on this one.)
Anyway, so we tested Nate too and here are his results...
Pretty cool, huh? The Middle East thing was pretty interesting. We explained to him that that essentially meant a bunch of the places in the Bible.
Anyway, just a bit more of his story put together for him.