Eileen Stukane

Running Together

Meeting My Daughter's Birth Mother

September 24, 2015

Tags: Adoption, Mothers, Daughters, Families, Memoir

My daughter and her birth mother, walking hand in hand in Lithuania.
A Lithuanian highway was taking us into the unknown. Through the car window I watched the moving landscape: the lakes, birch trees, meadows of yellow rapeseed flowers, and rows of stately Queen Anne's lace. My husband David, my 20-year-old daughter Masha and I had been preparing for this drive to meet my daughter's birth mother for a long time. Now all of my daughter's questions: What does she look like? What will she say? Did she have more children? Can she tell me who my father is? Why did she let me go? -- would have answers. At least that was the hope, and in some ways, the fear. The unknown, after all, is unpredictable. (more…)

Selected Works

HuffPost "My Story"
Going through my mother's possessions after her unexpected passing "I Feel Like A Thief."
"A best of times colliding with a worst of times: every piece of this masterfully recalled saga hits a sweet spot in the heart or memory..."
–Sheila Weller, author,
The News Sorority, Girls Like Us

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