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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.

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.


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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