Thanksgiving Day Reunion ’95

4

Adoptee, Daryn Watson’s reunion inspired a poem that evokes the initial rush of discovery.

 By Daryn Watson

Twenty-five years and three months to the day
Since you had to give me away
For the first time I heard your voice
You told me you didn’t have a choice

A great sacrifice you did make
To give me a home for my sake
A chance to give me a better life
Provided by a husband and a wife

Bob and Irene were their names
Daryn Robert Watson became my name
Along with Juanita, that made us four
Raising two kids, oh what a chore

In August ’95, I began to look
After reading an adoption book
My birth name was Lyle Richard Campion
Knowing that— I felt like a Champion

A woman named Dee put me on “The Net”
It won’t find her, I thought, at least not yet.
Roy Kading in Winnipeg picked up my name
Determined to solve the mystery game

October 8th, a message from Nancy
Roy with news liking to my fancy
I called but no one was home
Tears filled my eyes when I was alone

I prayed to God, “What should I do?”
“Wait,” he said. “It’s not up to you.”
“Okay,” I said and tried to let it go
The outcome happened, as we both know

October 9th, again I called Roy
“I found her,” he said. I felt such joy
Have patience—as she might not call back
The anticipation was more than I could hack

A half hour later, I heard the phone ring
The sound of your voice made my heart sing
“This is your real mother,” I heard you say
“OH MY GOD,” I said. This is a true Thanksgiving Day

I asked, “What is your name?”
“Valerie,” you replied
I had two brothers and I cried
Sheldon and Troy were not there
My new family truly does care

On December 21st we will first meet
I know my heart will skip a beat
A huge burden will leave your heart
Now that we have a brand new start

The rest of our lives we have to share
I feel peace, knowing you’ll be there
With thanks to God from above
I give your family all my love!

END NOTE: After a brief search, I found my birth mother in Alberta, Canada. Through the 18-plus years of my adoption reunion experience, I’ve learned more about myself, and the complexities of adoption reunions. I hope that my writings will help educate other members of the adoption triad and the general public. To see more of his writings, visit Daryn’s website.

Thanks for visiting our online community. In addition to stories like this one, you can find valuable resources, discover your rights to your original birth certificate, meet other adoptees, and join the discussion by commenting (below) or on our Facebook page.

Subscribe to our blog to receive more adoptee tales, and consider adding your voice to our Secret Sons & Daughters collection. 

image_pdf