Where do I belong? part 7

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In 2001 I found my birth family. My Birth mother was 24 years old and single when she gave birth to me. She came from a devout Church of England family (her uncle being the Bishop of Bunbury). My Birth Father also single, was a Roman Catholic and was engaged to another girl. Since they would or could not marry my Mother’s family decided that she would need to relinquish her baby so that she would have a chance to marry and have a life.

My birth Mother had passed away in 1971 leaving two daughters – my half-sisters. Her younger sister is still alive and when I met Aunty Betty she was fearful that I would hate her and the family that gave me away. She was able to tell me that my maternal grandmother had knitted a layette to dress me in when I was given to my new family.

My two half-sisters have also had problems - one is dyslectic and the other has a high IQ and neither completed their education. My younger half-sister has now decided that ‘her mother’ could not possibly be mine and I have minimum contact with her. However two of her four children and mine have formed close bonds, enjoying having ‘real’ cousins. The older sister lives in Queensland and I have visited, but we really don’t have anything in common. This sister is fearful that I want to inherit the residue of our grandparent’s chattels that will be dispersed to the family when Aunty Betty (aged 95) dies.

 

In 2001 I found my birth family. My Birth mother was 24 years old and single when she gave birth to me.