My family and I have just returned from Vegas and a second reunion with my birthfamily from Taiwan. By now, they have returned to Taipei. Where to begin to share what a wonderful time we had? It all went by way too quickly, like a dream. We are already planning a trip to Taiwan next October. By then, I’ll be done with school and will have time to find a job and save up a little money for the trip. I do hope we can make it happen.
My oldest sister’s husband plans a college reunion with several of his classmates every year. They have all known each other for many years and live all over the world from Singapore to California. There were forty people in the group traveling to the U.S. together. How incredible that they have reunited in this way for such a long time. This year, Michael and his classmates planned a cruise to Alaska and then to a trip to Vegas. We planned to rendezvous with them in Vegas. Before our trip to Vegas, however, I received a call from one of Michael’s classmates, Shelley. Immediately, I knew that something was not right. Shelley called to tell me that Michael had had a medical emergency requiring surgery and that he and Christina would be detained in Seattle. It was a very serious condition, and Michael was hospitalized for three days. Unfortunately, he was not able to take the cruise or travel to Vegas. My oldest sister, Christina, stayed with Michael in Seattle along with Shelley. I talked to Christina over the phone and she told me that Amy and Jin Jin would still meet us in Vegas. We were concerned for Michael and Christina, but grateful that one of Michael’s friends was wiling to stay with them and help with translation. We missed seeing Christina and Michael dearly and continue to pray for their health and recovery. Christina has also had some health challenges over the last couple of years but continues to stay positive and get stronger little by little.
Amy and Jin Jin arrived in Vegas last Sunday. We met them at their hotel and proceeded to go out for dinner. Pat and I are not very familiar with Vegas, so during the whole trip, we kept getting us all lost. My sister and niece were very patient! Both Pat and I are directionally challenged, which can be so frustrating, even with a GPS! No matter, the important thing was that we were all together once again. Over the next couple of days, we ate together and shopped while catching up. My daughter, Lexie, and Jin Jin love to shop! We had such a great time walking, talking and just spending time together. I’m amazed at how well Amy and Jin Jin speak English. When we weren’t able to find the right words, my husband used his iPhone to find the Mandarin translation when possible. I’m determined to work on my Mandarin despite the crazy school schedule that I’ll have over the next year. We also went to see Celine Dion in concert. It was phenomenal! If you ever visit Vegas, see her show. Her songs brought back so many memories. I listened to her music across the years from college into adulthood. It was so special to listen to beautiful music and share this experience with Amy, Jin Jin and my own family.
We drove back yesterday to Arizona saddened that it all had to end. Though our visit was brief, I have lovely memories of our time in Vegas. I’m grateful that we’re able to keep in touch with my birthfamily and that our reunions have been such happy occasions. I feel lucky as an adoptee to have these experiences. It means the world to me. Jin Jin is an intelligent, thoughtful and fun-loving young woman. We love her spirit. Amy, too, is thoughtful, as is Christina, and caring. She is also kind, generous and giving. I feel extremely blessed to have reunited with Amy and Jin Jin, and as I mentioned before, look forward to going back to Taiwan next year with my own family. Although we were not able to see Christina and Michael this time, they are in our thoughts and prayers daily. We are so grateful for their generosity and love.