So how do I share this beautiful experience without writing a novel! Lol Let me try. Story down below if you’d like to know!
The Background: I first learned of my brother when he was about 9 or 10 from my father. I thought he was playing a cruel joke because I always wanted a brother and who would have 9 or 10 year old sibling and not know anything about them? Obviously me. My father only told me his first name, Georg, and showed me a few pictures that my brother’s mother sent him. He wouldn’t tell me her name, my brothers last name, and said that they were somewhere in Russia and that my brother’s mother was basically blackmailing him with Georg. This all turned out to be a lie by the way!
So for the next 5 or 6 years our relationship grew worse as I learned that my father really had no true intentions of being apart of his son’s life. The ultimate betrayal in my eyes. I was furious and worried that my brother and his mother hated me and my sister. Maybe thinking we didn’t want to be apart of their lives!! But then all that worrying came to an end
January 2015, I get a Facebook from a little boy. The moment I saw the profile picture I broke out in tears. It was Georg!!! I couldn’t believe it. He had found me. He was looking for me too!! so the plan to travel from Houston, Texas to Tartu, Estonia began.
I had never heard of this country. Hadn’t even been to Europe and here I was planning to see my brother. My family was happy we found each other, except for my father, but worried because I was going with someone or by myself. Anyone was welcomed to tag along, but it ended just being me.Two days to get there and back!
June 2016, I had my ticket booked, backpack booked for the 16+ hour overlay so I could see London and Helsinki along the way and back, 2 hotels, and 2 airbnb’s booked!
We had been Skyping and Messaging via facebook and I was really about to hug my 14 year old brother for the first time! and here are a few pictures, too many to post, I may do a link to a full album, of our first meeting! One of the best days of my life!!