Surrealists tried to create meaning in a world made strange and alien by the trauma of war.
The task for the adoptee is similar: to try to create meaning in a world made strange and alien by the trauma of adoption.
Thus, imagining ‘putting your mother’s sofa up a tree’ to explain that ‘this how you’ve always felt’ is a surreal attempt to make meaning out of the strangeness and alienation which results from adoption trauma.
Is adoption a state of being which is impossible to explain or understand with sole reference to the rational?
Or do one's feelings about adoption belong in the surrealist's ‘Kingdom of the Irrational’?
I find that they can often be explained by reference to the surreal.