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Story of Elijah
When I was day dreaming,
I would imagine myself traveling with a computer - sort of a "Have
Computer, Will Travel" which I did in the most unexpected way.
I had the wonderful
opportunity to live in Europe for a year and travel with a group
of environmental engineers from an American based consulting firm.
My job was to design presentations and training manuals. My computer
and printer went with me!
I traveled to France,
Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Holland while being based
out of Cambridge, England.
The last place I lived
in was Budapest, Hungary.
Everywhere I went -
people were wonderful. They opened their hearts, their homes and
Günther came to the States bringing his family for
a ten day visit in August. THIS WAS A DREAM COME TRUE!
The family came and this is
a picture of everyone! I experienced 10 days of joy! What
My youngest German-born brother
is quite amazing. He too is creative. He lives in France
and is an actor/ teacher/director of theatre. I met him
once for two hours in Paris, France. It was an unforgettable
meeting and I hope someday to be able to visit he and his
family for more than two hours. After ten years of no contact
since that meeting, we are now back in touch with each.
I hope to never loose contact again. To find out more about
what he does click on (http://membres.lycos.fr/thcorbeau/LA_Cie.htm)
years ago my oldest daughter, Kristin, and I traveled to Germany
to meet Gerdi, my real mother. She's short, wore a dark wig
and glasses. Spoke very broken English and was always happy
to hear from me. She lived a simple life with her two cats.
She passed away on Oct. 25, 2004 and I did not know about
this until November the 8th, the day she was buried. My brother
Harry told me about her death. I was so shocked as I thought
she had already passed away. According to him, she was buried
in a paupers gravesite and no one was there except for himself.
I met my brother Harri over
15 years ago also. Unlike me, he lived in the orphanage
during most of his young life. He has an air of sadness
surrounding him. Harri is very creative as a clothing designer
and a gifted photographer.
Harry is now 54. I asked him
how his life is for him and this is what he said (he used
a translator as he no longer speaks or reads English).:
I live alone and withdrawn, have to nobody contact and look
also for none. Now I am the man who I to never be wanted,
I am like my mother,
have grey hair,
eyeglasses, my teeth are wrong and my co-inhabitants are
two lovely cats.
Someyears I did not have any income and got social
welfare assistance. But now I work in a hospital in the
administration, have my own office and an little Appartement,
After reading what he had written, I
broke down and cried. I was sorry for her although she was a bit
crazy. I felt sorry for Harry because I remember him at another
time when he was so full of life and adventure and I was reminded
how my life could have been. I could have been that sad, bitter
person but I'm not. Life has taken me to a different path as with
Günther. What makes one persons life different from other
members of a family?
I'm very glad and proud that I've had
the opportunity to know who my real family is although this does
not take away from the love I feel for my adopted family. They
were there when I needed a family - they gave me warmth, love,
shelter, and security. I could never turn my back on those who
have made such a difference in my life! Thank you Ruth and Dad
Russell - you've made difference!
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