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Adoption, Family

Oh, brother!

Each step of this reunion journey is like unwrapping another present.

Having talked with Chris, one of my half-brothers, by phone and on Facebook, I’ve arranged to have lunch with him; Pat, my first mother; and Chris’ wife, Jill; in a few weeks, when Basil, Catherine and I will be nearby for a college tour.

We are very excited to connect. I can already see that the sense of humor I cling to for sanity runs in the family, and I’m very glad of that.

As you might guess, I’m insanely curious about a whole ton of things, including who I look like.

Pat had sent a link to Chris’ wedding pictures. Looking at them Catherine declared, “Sorry to tell you this Mom, but you don’t look anything like him. Not at all.”

It would appear so — except maybe for the smile, a family trait that seems to have quite a bit of staying power.

Still, Pat said my first-day-of-school photo made her think of Chris, minus the blond-ish curls, natch.

Today I sent Jill a note, asking if she had any photos of Chris as a child. She sent this one:

My half-brother, Chris, as a toddler.

My half-brother, Chris, as a toddler.

It’s hard to get a real good look at his face, but those cheeks made me think a little of this photo of me, at age 2.

Me, July 4, 1968.

Me, July 4, 1968.

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About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.

Discussion

4 thoughts on “Oh, brother!

  1. The cheeks and the eyes. Just a warning — brothers can be teases! Enjoy your lunch. I can’t wait to hear more.

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | March 11, 2013, 10:49 pm
  2. What a great adventure for you both!

    Posted by momshieb | March 11, 2013, 9:02 pm

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