—Reviewed by Robert Bensen, Editor of Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education, The University of Arizona Press.
A mixed blood Native American, Terra Trevor and her white husband had one child before choosing to complete their family through adoption. They adopted from South Korea twice: an infant with medical needs, and an older child. There are two stories in Terra Trevor’s personal account. The first is about her oldest daughter experiencing difficulty adjusting to adoption and becoming the oldest child. The second story is about her son, also adopted from Korea, diagnosed with a brain tumor, and how this family, or any family, must endure crises and tragedy and still find a way to go on. This is a story of compromises and insights, profound joy, deep suffering, and terrific rewards. Parenting birth and adopted children, is one theme of this book. Most of all, it is a story on the meaning of family, and learning to let go of expectations and to forge a new identity.
The title ‘Pushing up the Sky,’ is from a Native American story about the power of people working together for a common good, this is the theme in Terra Trevor's memoir.
A Native American writer with a diverse background of expertise her writing is published in The Huffington Post, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics and Voices: Confronting Pediatric Brain Tumors (Johns Hopkins University Press).