An adopted man had tears flowing on Reddit when he revealed how he got to know his birth mother without her realizing who he was. What happened next was more emotional than even he could have imagined. Here is the full story.
He’s Had a Good Life
OP is a 24-year-old man whose parents adopted him when he was a baby.
He had a happy childhood and loves his folks very much.
They Told Him Everything
His parents never hid the truth from OP, either.
From the time he was old enough to understand, they told him all they knew about his birth mother.
She Spoke to Him Across the Years
And better than that, OP had a chance to hear at least part of her story in her own words.
She had written him a letter when she gave him up, and his parents passed it on to him.
He Couldn’t Put It Down
Over the years he was growing up, OP read that note hundreds of times.
She Didn’t Have a Choice
In the letter, OP’s birth mom told him that she was just 14 years old when she had him. She didn’t want to give him up, but she didn’t have a choice.
She Wanted Him to Be Happy
OP couldn’t even imagine how hard it was for the young girl to give him up. But she said she was sorry she couldn’t be his mommy and hoped he’d be happy.
She Hoped to Meet Him
His birth mom also wrote that she hoped she could meet OP some day.
His Hopes Were Dashed
OP held onto that hope, too, until he was 11, when his dad took a job in another town.
He Tracked Her Down
As fate would have it, though, OP was able to find his mom, after all.
She was working at a small restaurant a couple hours away when he tracked her down.
He Felt Her Out
But OP didn’t tell the lady who he was. Instead, he spent months getting to know her.
She Was Excited to See Him
Once or twice a week, OP would show up at the restaurant and strike up a conversation with his birth mom.
It didn’t take too long before her face lit up every time he walked in.
He Was Dying to Tell
Over all those months, OP never let on that the woman was his mother, but he was dying to let the cat out of the bag.
He Couldn’t Wait Any Longer
Finally, after he spent weeks building up his nerve, OP decided to make his move.
He Was Waiting for Her
So one night, OP drove to the restaurant as usual, but he waited outside instead of going in.
He met his birth mother as she came out when the place closed down.
She Didn’t Know What Hit Her
She recognized him right away and smiled.
But then OP pulled the letter from his back pocket, and everything changed.
She Couldn’t Stop the Tears
OP tried to say the words he’d been rehearsing for so long, but he never got the chance.
As soon as she saw the letter, his birth mom broke down sobbing.
She Couldn’t Keep Her Hands Off Him
Without hesitation, the woman ran to OP and wrapped him in a big hug.
Then she pulled back, embarrassed, and asked if it was okay if she hugged him.
It Was the Perfect Hug
Of course, OP had been waiting to hug his birth mother his whole life. It was more than okay – it was perfect.
They Talked for Hours
Then the two of them went back into the restaurant, where OP’s birth mother fixed him some coffee and fed him pie.
They talked for hours.
She Didn’t Want to Get Hurt
The older woman told OP she had a feeling about him the second time she came in, but she couldn’t let herself believe he was her boy.
She’d Seen That Face Before
Not after she’d spent years searching every face on the street hoping to find OP.
Now here he was, looking so much like his biological dad.
It Wasn’t Over
It was nearly two in the morning when OP and his birth mom finally said goodnight.
But before they did, they made plans to meet up again.
She Had a Secret
And OP’s birth mom also dropped a bomb of her own on him.
There Was Someone Else
She had stayed in touch with OP’s birth dad in the hope that they could all be reunited some day.
OP could hardly believe his ears and drove home feeling like he was in a dream.
They Made the Trip Together
Several weeks later, OP and his biological mom headed out to a park together to meet his birth dad.
It Got Even Better
And that’s when OP’s storybook tale got even sweeter.
The Men Cried for Each Other
OP could see that his bio dad was crying as soon as he came into view.
And by the time the man wrapped his long lost son in a bear hug, both of them were bawling.
They Were Finally Reunited
OP’s birth mom joined in the embrace, too, and the three of them were finally together after all those years.
Sweeter and Sweeter
The rest of that meeting with his birth dad was just as sweet as the first few moments for OP.
They Were Both Just Babies
The older man had a gift for OP. It was a photo of a newborn OP in the arms of his bio dad, who had been just 15 years old at the time.
He Couldn’t Get Over It
As he had when he met his birth mom, OP traded life stories with his birth dad.
The man had spent years in therapy trying to overcome the loss he felt in giving up his son.
He Had Prayed for This
And OP’s birth father had prayed every night that someday they could all be reunited.
He Can Complete the Circle
Now OP wants to complete the circle and get both sets of his parents together.
They met before he was born, and he thinks it would be amazing for it to happen again.
They Are Up for It
OP’s birth parents are open to getting together with the adopted parents, and OP is hopeful that will happen.
He Had to Tell Them the Truth
For the moment, OP decided to have a meal with the parents who raised them to tell them about everything that had happened. They knew he had the letter, of course, but not about the reunions.
He Loved Them Dearly
And OP wanted his parents to make sure they knew how much he loved them and valued the upbringing they gave him.
Happy and Proud
As soon as OP told his folks that he had met with his biological parents, his mother started to cry. And his dad told him he was super proud of him for handling everything with such maturity and compassion.
His Dreams Are Coming True
OP feels like his childhood dreams are coming true, and he’s excited to see what the future might hold.
For their part, Redditors are sort of upset with OP because they have ruined so many keyboards with their tears as they read his story.
Many of them point to his tale as a little point of light and hope in a world that often seems so full of doom and gloom.
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