Although there aren't monumental events, they are mostly private experiences that I cherish, buried, or will dust off for another time. So the one thing that I have shared and am willing to continue speaking about is my discovery of my adoption and subsequent meeting with my birth mother.
About ten years ago I had confirmation that I was adopted. It was a feeling that I always had, but didn't investigate too much just in case it was true. But through digital magic, I was able to find out quite easily and received the information I'd requested.
People ask me if the "feeling" that I was adopted was due to the treatment I'd received from my adopted parents. And no, I was not Harry Potter living under the stairs. I didn't grow up in an orphanage. I was taken home soon after my birth mother delivered me. Her father was good friends with my parents. For better or worse, her father thought it the best solution. My mother kept in touch with my birth mother with updates on my accomplishments.
Once I'd learned the details, then I wanted to attempt the next step to meet her. That also went smoothly. There was no Hallmark movie drama with family members or my birth mother. Her family knew of my existence and warmly welcomed me.
So we met in London and chatted at length with the promise that I'd keep in touch. Over the past ten years, our families have connected several times with lengthy visits either in the U.S. or England. Partly due to my connection with my birth family, my daughter plans to go to post-graduate school in England and possibly settle there for the long haul.
I'd say that life hasn't changed much, but that would be untrue since I'm richer and better for additional members to the family unit.
Life is full of life changing events. And I love my life for all its blessings.
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