Adoption, the Best Option

”Bella” revisited.
by Simon Devereux, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Alejandro Monteverde held the small yellow letter in his hand. It seemed that his whole life, all his dreams were squeezed into that one small envelope. He had put everything on the line for this adventure. Slowly he pried the envelope open.

Rejection. There was no room at the Texan film school for a Mexican wannabe. He was furious. Then gently, almost imperceptibly, he heard a voice that touched his aching soul: you have one life to live and only one chance to live it. Clenching his fists, he dressed himself up. And wiping away the tears, he looked into the mirror. “I’ll show them.”

His English was poor, but he made himself understood and eventually found the closed door. “Admissions Office” read the sign. He knocked. “Monteverde? Could you please spell that, honey?” “You mean you didn’t get our letter?” said the startled secretary. “There’s simply no space this year. I’m so sorry!”

The next day, he came back again and knocked. “Honey, I’m sorry. I’m just following orders. There is no room. Try again next year.” But next year was one year too late. The following day he knocked again. Then again and again and again. Finally, after two weeks they were overcome by Alejandro’s tenacity. He was accepted.

It soon became clear that the kid had talent. His first attempts at film school drew immediate recognition; Monteverde had some Mexican magic that made the screen dance.

Alejandro’s first feature film, “Bella”, hit the movie theaters six weeks ago.

The story unfolds in one day in New York City. Nina, the protagonist of the film, had many reasons to have an abortion. Just fired from her waitressing job, she can’t expect any help from her boyfriend, and much less from her divorced parents. Into her nightmare steps a friend from work, played by Eduardo Verástegui. He makes no preachy speeches, but rather shows her the beauty of life and love.

In a delightful scene he invites Nina to dinner at his parents’ home. Between quesadillas and guacamole, she is overwhelmed at the love pervading this Latino family. Love had been lacking in her own messed up childhood. Wasn’t it the right thing to spare her child that torture? In the end Nina’s courage prevails, she puts up her child for adoption and love triumphs. She realizes that human life, even when it springs up unexpectedly, has an untouchable dignity. Where love is missing, start loving and love will be there.

“Bella” shows that an unwanted pregnancy is not a dead-end street. No mother need feel trapped by circumstances. By giving up her child for adoption she makes a win-win decision. Many married couples are eagerly waiting to receive a child. Adoptive parents can give children the chance to blossom that their birth mothers only wish they could provide.

With courage and tenacity Alejandro Monteverde overcame all obstacles to produce his first film. He knew he had one life and one chance to live it. May “Bella” give each mother the courage to overcome all difficulties and give her child that chance, too.


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