Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Letter - July 1999


Dear Merrily,

I've wanted to write this letter ever since I saw my own face smiling back at me. On April 1, 1997 my parents gave me the letters you sent them when I was eleven. I've thought about this letter alot since then. Only recently have I had the courage to attempt writing and I've found it is as difficult as I imagined. It's hard to put a lifetime of thoughts and feelings into sentences and paragraphs. I have to start somewhere though, because there is alot I want to tell you and alot I want to know about you.

I want you to know what think of you. I've always thought of you as a nice lady. But when I saw your face and read what you wrote about me and how considerate you were to my parents, I was overwhelmed. All the wondering...and you seem so sweet and so nice and so wonderful.

I want you to know that I've never regretted what you did when you were nineteen. I've always been proud to have been adopted. My parents always told me that somebody loved me enough to give me up and somebody loved me enough to take me, I've always believed that to be true. When I read what you wrote about loving me with all your might when you carried me I cried. I wondered why I was so lucky to have an angel bring me into this world.

I wonder how you're doing alot. How is [Mr. In-The-Wrong-Place-At-The-Wrong-Time]? How are your cats? (I'm allergic to cats.) How are you? Do you have any children? I thought about you on Mother's Day and wished you a happy one.

I've written this letter so may times. I really want it to be perfect, but it never seems to come out right. I wish I could meet you. I've always thought that one day I would like to meet you. And that's a big part of why I'm writing you now.

My best friend Melanie and I are taking a road trip around the country in August. We are going to stop in Atlanta for a few days in the middle of the month. If you aren't too busy and would like to meet then I would love it. Of course it's up to you. But if you would, you can send an email to my mom's address and I'll read it. Or if you want to send a letter, that's okay too. I just suggested email because we are leaving on the twenty-sixth [of July] and I don't know if a letter would get here in time. If this is too sudden of you don't have an interest in meeting me, I will understand. If that's the case, I would still like to communicate with you.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Love Bryan

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16 Comments:

At October 15, 2008 at 1:30 PM , Blogger Leendaluu said...

Wow. And did you? It appears he was adopted into a very loving family that raised him well, thanks to your unselfish choice. I cannot even begin to imagine how hard that must have been.

 
At October 15, 2008 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Theresa said...

Wow.

I found myself in the same situation when I was 19. Pregnant with twins, boy and a girl. What you did was very unselfish. And what a wonderful person he turned out to be.

I can't imagine how difficult your decision was, and I admire you for making it.

Did you get to meet him?

 
At October 15, 2008 at 8:52 PM , Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

You're on a roll now, my friend. I'm loving this!!

 
At October 15, 2008 at 11:53 PM , Blogger The Super Bongo said...

Welcome to the blogging world!

 
At October 15, 2008 at 11:57 PM , Blogger Bridge said...

What a happy ending...middle...beginning...to your story! I can't wait to read more.

 
At October 16, 2008 at 12:51 AM , Blogger Michelle said...

37 years ago, my birth mom became pregnant with twins at the age of 19. Me and my sister. I have never once felt any ill feelings toward her. I know she did what was best for us and I grew up to have a wonderful life. I think about her often and would give anything to write a letter like that and know where to send it. As loving as my birth family is, they are not open to me finding my birth mother and I don't have the information needed to conduct a search. I hope that someday I can find her and tell her that I love her and thank her for what she did.

 
At October 16, 2008 at 6:48 AM , Blogger ewe are here said...

...and the tale appears to be turning out beautifully.

Sounds like the family you blessed with your wee girl did a beautiful job. You should be proud.

I hope you got to meet her.

 
At October 16, 2008 at 6:50 AM , Blogger ewe are here said...

I meant 'boy'...

I got 'Merrily' stuck in my head ... so unusual and pretty.

:-)

 
At October 16, 2008 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Just Another Mom said...

I enjoyed reading your post when you guest-posted on OTJ's site, and I am very glad you decided to write your own blog! :)

I look forward to reading more of your story!

http://www.alikatcorner.blogspot.com/

 
At October 16, 2008 at 11:47 AM , Blogger (In)Sanity Gal said...

This is the start of an wonderful blog - I can't wait to read more!

And you sound like an amazing person!

 
At October 16, 2008 at 1:29 PM , Blogger TRS said...

I'm adopted too! What he wrote is so similar to what I would want to write.

Thank you for being strong enough and brave enough to do the right thing. To unselfishly carry a child you could not keep. To give joy to a family whose family would not be complete otherwise.

Thank you to all 'birth parents'. I knew you had to be amazing.

 
At October 16, 2008 at 8:01 PM , Blogger Dory said...

Wow! I can't wait to find out how that went!

BTW, found you via OTJ. :)

Dory

 
At October 16, 2008 at 9:57 PM , Blogger MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Simply. WOW. This is SUCH a treat to read. I'm amazed at how hard that must have been!!

 
At December 2, 2008 at 2:54 PM , Blogger Jen - Queen of Poo said...

Yay! What a wonderful letter! So young, and so smart and sweet. I can just imagine how your heart must have swelled when he wrote, "I wondered why I was so lucky to have an angel bring me into this world."

 
At February 25, 2009 at 7:10 AM , OpenID lifethinking said...

Very nice post!

 
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