I stood in a store with tears welling up in my eyes, listening to a woman I'd not met before tell of her upcoming family reunion. She was going to meet a sister she hadn't even known about until a few months ago. Her parents, together since they were sixteen, had lovingly given up a daughter for adoption. After high school and college, they married and had three more daughters. The mom kept her secret for several decades, afraid to reveal the broken heart she carried for so long.
I said, "You must video tape this reunion! It's going to be something extraordinary." My new friend nodded and said, "We were thinking about hiring a photographer for family portraits, too." It was serendipitous that we were standing in the same place at the same time, and that she choose to reveal her story. "I've only told two other people about this." She admitted.
I happened to have a wide open day in my weekend, so on Sunday, I got a full access pass to a wonderful family Union/Reunion. The mom held on tightly to her adult daughter, joyfully exclaiming that she never dreamed this moment would come. The newly discovered sister blended in so perfectly with her siblings. She had always said, "I look like me." Then she met a sister at the airport and said, "Wow, I look like you."
It was my greatest delight to Capture the Love of this United/Reunited family.
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