Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday Morning Thankfulness

Wow... it's totally not morning anymore. Heh.

When I was 5 my mom gave a child up for adoption. She did this because she was a single mother, recently divorced, and my father had just remarried and was having a child with his new wife. She didn't think it would be fair to either of her children if she tried to raise an infant and a 5-year-old under those conditions. I know she has other reasons, but those are the ones she's talked to me about.

Over the past 18 years, every once in a while she would wonder what Michelle's life was like. We'd talk about her, and were sure that she was in good hands; she was sure she made the right decision, and always hoped that when Michelle turned 18, she would come find us. She is now 18, (although, her adoptive parents renamed her), and my mom occasionally did a search for her on Myspace.

This week: results.

She sent a friend request to a girl in Oklahoma saying "you remind me so much of my youth".

The girl replied "Did your name used to be [my mom's name when she signed the adoption papers]? My biological mother lives in Washington State and I've always wanted to meet her." Evidence was exchanged, and all parties were sure that this reuinion was true.

It's kind of amazing, really. A social networking website has made our family whole again. I'm tearing up just thinking about it. This is not to say that the siblings I grew up with (my father's children) are any less valuable, but my heart is so much fuller now that my mom and I have been reuinted with my long-lost half-sister.

And it's all because of Myspace. Thank you Myspace. On behalf of myself, my mom, and my sister.



What an awesome story! Congratulations almost seems like a silly word to use in this situation, but we're happy for you and your family so we'll say it anyway.

fourth wave said...

That's fantastic for your and your mom (and your sister). Good luck for a happy first meeting!