Oh yes, I'm back and re-inspired! I have really missed all the contact and interactivity over the last few years, but truth be told, I was in a rather dark place for a lot of it, the joys of being a depressive.
Though, funnily enough, it was all those depressive things, feelings of not belonging et al, that inspired the whole Magic Moments adventure in the first place. The 'not belonging' bit is something I've found common amongst adopted people, as for the depression... just lucky, I guess!
Actually, in the Summer of 2008, I was lucky, seriously lucky, and that's what re-inspired me. People keep asking what drew me back, so here goes.
It followed a change in UK law some 3-4 years ago that allowed birth mothers the right to trace children they’d had adopted. You can see where this is going, can’t you? BANG!
Talk about life-changing moments. All those questions: Why am I like I am? Why do I look like this? Why do I think this way? Which planet am I from? Suddenly, the answers came flooding.
My birth mother is a lovely lady, we see each other quite regularly now, which has been great. Her whole life has been in the performing arts, first as an actress and dancer (musical too, naturally), nowadays as director of an organisation dedicated to raising the standard of performing arts tuition.
The strangest part to get used to was that she had another son; after 50 years as an only child, I had a brother! It didn’t end there, she was still in touch with my father too. He’s Anglo-Irish and has lived in Spain for some years now, where he had worked as an investigative journalist. Of late, semi-retired but more active than ever, he’s turned to writing books, factual material, mostly crime, some military as well. The bizarre thing was seeing his photo on one of the sleeves, first time I’d ever seen a picture of someone that looked like me.
Apparently, I have more siblings on his side too, but one thing at a time, eh? As you can probably imagine, it had a bit of an impact on my life. So, just when you thought it was safe to go back to the hi-fi…
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