Winnie’s just told me not to tell anyone. Chinese superstition TIL 100% in the bag. So I’ve taken down this exciting post for now
Weds 30th January 2019
I can reinstate this post now because I have found my family.
I have a family. They are found. Just after I’d finished typing a quick Whats App message to Winnie about my HK ID, how I was waiting anxiously to hear about whether the Red Cross had been to my half sister’s last address, she simply wrote “Can I call you”. She called me and so much squealing and excitement and trying to take in the mistaken identities, name changes. I’ll fill you in more I promise, because right now I have to get to a meeting with a social worker from International social services.
But I have a big brother and two elder sisters, all still alive. I will get to meet at least one of them on Tuesday at the Red Cross HQ. Incidentally, the whole of the reception area is red,black and white for those who remember my posting on this.
But the most surprising news – I have a little half sister. My Mum went on to have another daughter by another father. And my elder sisters are still in touch with her.
I don’t even know how to begin to articulate what I’m feeling, but wanted to capture this moment. All my family, that precious small family in the UK, are still asleep. But I’ve spoken with Lucy. She points out to me a fact I’ve quite ignored. My half siblings will likely have children and grandchildren too. A found family, and who knows how many.
My biggest half sister has agreed to bring photographs of my Mother. On Tuesday, for the first time, I will see a picture of my birth Mother. I am speechless with delight. I am crying.