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After finding out that they could not conceive children, Bob Gerold and his wife Alice decided to adopt a child from China. They were matched with a baby girl named Aimee.
Here, Aimee talks to her father, Bob, about her adoption.
NPR Morning Edition 7/1/11
Aimee Gerold: How'd you meet Mom?
Bob Gerold: I can tell you the date: September 14th, 1984. It was--
AG: Back when dinosaurs roamed the land?
BG: (Laughs) Yeah, I was protecting her from the dinosaurs.
AG: So when did she like decide to date you?
BG: Well, at least one day a week I left a rose scotch-taped to her front door.
AG: And she didn't find that creepy?
BG: Creepy? No, she actually found that nice. I better tell your boyfriends not to do that!
AG: (Laughs) Well, a rose, you don't know who it's from--
BG: Oh no, she knew it was--who it was from.
AG: Oh, OK. Now, what made you decide you want to adopt a child?
BG: Mommy had a ectopic pregnancy, which means the pregnancy was in the tubes. After that she couldn't get pregnant. We considered adopting and we actually said we wanted a smart, assertive kid. Don't take this the wrong way but we viewed intelligence over...
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Intro and OutroINTRO:
Time now for StoryCorps--where family members get to ask each other about their lives.
14-year-old Aimee Gerold (JAIR-old) brought her dad, Bob, to StoryCorps.
Aimee was adopted from China by the Gerold family when she was a baby.
And as her dad found out, Aimee had a lot of questions about how their family began.OUTRO:
Bob Gerold with his daughter Aimee at StoryCorps in Pensacola, FL. Their conversation will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
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