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A letter…

Upon arriving home absolutely bushed from ‘Fire Mountain’ I had a special delivery letter waiting for me on my desk. I knew immediately what it was even before reading the info on it. When I opened it I saw I did contain the biographical letter I have been expected from my birth mother and the form (I will send tomorrow over night delivery) for direct contact approval by me. The information I read has me reeling. Although very emotional I feel extremely positive about continuing on toward making contact with my birth mother. It has taken me until this point today to feel together enough to write a bit about it.

A lot of the letter I’d like to keep private, medical information and some personal feelings, but I’ll give you all the general low down and now some specifics. As every adopted child hopes that someone out there misses them, my birth mother misses me still. Its actually comforting in a strange and totally self-centered way. She did worry about me and whether she had made the right decision. Its a gift to be able to share with her the wonderful childhood I did have to ease her fears.

What have I learned?
– My birth parents never married and have no contact (I guess I’ll find more out later)
– My birth mother did marry an RCMP officer but divorced 15 years ago
– I have two younger half-brothers, JP (John-Paul) who is moving to Alberta to work in the oil fields with his wife and son and new daughter (call me uncle Mike), and Phil who has a degree in Theatre Arts and has acted in various plays (Surprise! Another actor in the family)
– My maternal grandmother, recently deceased, was a war bride from Amsterdam so I have family there, in Belgium and England
– My birth mother is an accounting/payroll clerk at the town hall where she lives, she is also executive secretary and a volunteer firefighter for the local fire department. (I have also done this)
– She loves to laugh, read science fiction, watch movies and listens to classic rock and heavy metal (all things I like too!)

I finally know that I was born at 7:44 am (I always knew the date [August 5, 1969] just not the time) and that I spent three days with my birth mother and that her friend smuggled a camera into the hospital for her to take my picture at 1 day old which she still has!

As you can see. So far so good. I am feeling emotions I’ve never felt before so I don’t even know what to call them yet…

Bear with me.

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  • Meaghan Walker-Williams July 5, 2005, 11:55 pm

    Hey Mike… Oddly enough I just helped another person find their birthfamily. I got an email from a woman who is the adopted cousin of a Cowichan woman, who has been looking for her family for 2 decades. She is 42. She called the Band office asking for help, and they just blew her off. Her cousin found my name, because of the articles I wrote about Cowichan politics… and so emailed me and asked if I could help. In less than 12 hours, I had found her family.

    Unfortunatly, like me, her mother had passed away some time ago. However, she has a huge family in Cowichan, and she is distantly actually a cousin of mine.

    I remember when I got the phonecall that tole me who my birthfamily was…. I found out where my sister lived, and I jumped in my car and just drove 2 and 1/2 hours to her home.

    Anyways… I spent about an hour with this woman on the phone on Dominion Day… Poor thing… she emailed me today to tell me she was so shook up, and happy and emotional she can’t remember what we talked about.

    It’s gonna be a trip when you sit down with your mother, and your brothers and sisters Mike!.. You think you are feeling spaced out now!!!! ROFL

    Email me if you want or need to talk with somebody whose been thru it.


    Luv and Hugs to you and Carol

  • Uncle Mike Again July 6, 2005, 11:39 am

    Christmas is going to cost a whole lot more.

  • DonnieMac July 6, 2005, 12:03 pm

    Im in tears as I read , what a great great event .

  • Pauly July 8, 2005, 8:00 am

    I’m totally thrown back by this. I join DonnieMac in the emotional aspect of this. Its very surreal. I think we both know from what we practice, Mike, that the right decision was made then and the right decisions are being made now. Everything in its time. Welcome to This Moment, Michael Christopher Jude Browne! Your right where you’re supposed to be and right on time! Salut!

  • maritimemac July 9, 2005, 11:50 am

    its been a long time coming and good for you,i cried also ,whengod starts to work in your life please let us know, lol

  • Marn July 10, 2005, 10:44 pm

    How exciting Mike! I can’t wait to see how this unfolds. It sounds pretty good so far Ü

  • Dianne July 11, 2005, 3:01 pm

    I am feeling so emotional right now!! You truly are a long lost blessing and can hardly wait to hold in my arms again.

  • thezookeeper July 13, 2005, 12:48 pm

    Oh Mike. I’m getting all choaked up reading this. A friend I used to work with went through a similar experience…and now she’s working for her biological father. We just spoke to her recently and she’s never sounded happier.

    This is wonderful news…also about your half brothers! It can only get better!!!