Hinda Schuman, a former Philadelphia Inquirer photographer who now freelances and teaches classes from her East Falls studio, documented the dissolution of not just one, but two, relationships-her 10-year marriage to a man and her 27-year relationship with a woman-in Dear Shirley, a book that uses photographs, typed letters and hand-scribbled captions to tell its intimate, harrowing tales of love and loss.
Their lives, pre-baby, were full. Now the days spill over. "I was perfectly happy with the two of us and our extended life with friends and family," Katie recalls. "Having a kid will change that - in some ways that are great, in some ways, a little limiting. That still makes me nervous. Change is scary."
The girls were supposed to return home after three months. But their biological father died suddenly, and their mother couldn't overcome her addictions. Susan and Harold did the math and hesitated. "How old would we be when they're adults?" Then they learned that the girls had a brother on the way.
The birth mother talked about the current political climate, Katie recalls, "how it's a scary time for black boys and men, that it's not an easy world, and that it was important to know about that, and to have people who wouldn't be naïve about that teaching Oscar and helping him."