Friday, October 1, 2010
I was going to write a reality post this week and provide an update on what’s been going on for me since my last reality post. However, after this week’s recent developments there was no way in hell my story was going to beat this. :)
My brother-in-law was separated from his mother and his sister when he was a very young boy. There are so many details of this story that I do not feel comfortable to share (because it’s not mine to share), but I will say he definitely did not have an easy life. There were many times I heard him speak of this loss and I knew he always longed to find his family and be reunited with them.
Growing up with such a large family and being so close to my family, I cannot even begin to image what that would feel like. So I guess I won’t even try…
It was Monday night around 7:04pm to be exact and I was cooking dinner. I got word that his sister found him on Facebook and then I burnt my dinner. I couldn’t believe it and I instantly had tears of joy. I knew how important this was for him and I was just filled with happiness. They had been looking for each other for over 30-years and they finally found each other. I was overwhelmed with emotion, so again, I can’t even imagine what it was like for all of them.
There were email exchanges, phone calls, pictures being sent and I even emailed the sister. She was so grateful for my sister and for our family. I told her we loved him and he is part of our family and we would absolutely welcome theirs too. She was so thankful and so sweet!
This whole experience was a reminder for me on how the little things really don’t matter. How people can carry deep wounds forever, but can begin to heal with the re-connection of love and family. It doesn't really matter what the situation is, I think it just has a universal power.
Soon, his family will be coming up to visit and they can actually hold each other again. Even as I write this it feels surreal, but I know it will be a beautiful reunion.
One day he told me that he never saw a picture of himself when he was a little boy...and now he finally can.
My sister said it best, “We love you Facebook!”