Sometimes, in the midst of tragedy, good things can happen. I am extremely happy to report that my daughter Haley has been reunited with her biological brother, Charles! I wrote about Charles last year in my post Extended family, how he was in foster care, along with his sister, with my family many years ago. Charles was removed due to some accusations against him by my ex-wife that now, in hindsight, were almost certainly false. Charles was taken out of my home while I was away on Basic Training with the military in 2006 – he was there when I left and gone when I returned. Haley always missed her older brother, and often expressed a desire to reconnect with him.
This weekend, that re-connection happened! I found Charles’ information online, and contacted his adoptive mother, who was thrilled to hear from me. We set up a meeting that morning! After a tearful reunion and a huge lunch, Charles and Haley spent the day together at Seaworld. It had been 11 years since they’d seen each other. So much had happened in over a decade. But to see brother and sister together again was amazing.