This reunion story is another of those stories that make you shake your head at the interesting twist in the story. An adoptee who searched for her birth mother discovered that ten years previously that she and her birth mother had worked in the same beauty salon. They had little chance to talk though or they might have discovered their connection at that time.
I know another adoptee who discovered that several years before reunion that he and his birth mother worked in the same building at the same time. There are often quirky kinds of happenings in adoption reunions. One part of me wants to call them coincedences, but another part of me thinks it could be something more than that.
Adoptee, Michelle Wetzell, is a manicurist and said that she wanted to find her birth mother’s name, send her a coupon for a free manicure so that she could check her out with no fear of awkwardness or the threat of rejection. Little did she know at that time that her birth mother worked in the same salon.
Ms. Wetzell grew up with a younger brother and an older sister, both of who were born to her adoptive mother. She says she always felt very different and identity issues plagued her at one point in time.
Cathy Henzen, the birth mother in this story, recalls that her infant daughter was whisked away from her five minutes after she was born. She says that she wonders if she had been given more time with her daughter if she would have changed her mind about the adoption.
Wetzell’s adoptive mother expressed reservations when her daughter wanted to search, fearing what she might find. However, she thinks it turned out fine now. Wetzell searched partially driven by a medical need and her doctor’s suggestion that she needed to find some medical history.
Photo by Jan Baker 2007