Growing up I always knew I was part of a family mystery that struck through the core of my family and my mothers heart. She was adopted. Not as an infant but as a child of about age 5. I live in Canada and my mother and I were born in the French Speaking Province of Quebec.
|My mother and I at my baptism in 1975|
|A photo of my mother just after she was adopted in 1959|
|My mother's grandchildren|
When I had children of my own I was pleased to learn my mother finally saw those faces she longed for, in the faces of her grandchildren. Finally seeing a family resemblance within her own family, she could not see it in us her own children but was unable to deny them in the faces of her grandchildren.
|Our last Christmas 2009|
What I did not know then was that I still held the most important clue and that the answers about who I was and where my mother (and ultimately myself) came from were still very much alive, inside of me!
While DNA testing has been around for many years. There are several companies in the USA who do tests like the one I did through 23andMe.com but I live in Canada and many of them would not take on Canadian clients. I was thrilled to learn 23andMe.com would give me the information and tests I wanted. 23andMe gave me more than just where my ancestors came from, it also provided me with key evidence of my medical history and hereditary traits that my mother always felt guilty she never new. Information that is truly fascinating to me.
My mother read books in a way that I now admire and in turn our home is wall to wall books. I know my love of reading comes from her even though it was not until my 20's when I was able to overcome my own dyslexia and find comfort in books. She read everything she could get her hands on, especially if it had anything to do with Ireland. She loved everything Irish and she never knew why. She secretly wished that she was Irish.
My husband ordered the kit for me in March and I sent it in the first week of April. My results started coming in April 30th. By May 3 I had the most amazing news from 23andme.com. I was 52% British/Irish. My mothers dream of us being Irish was TRUE! I cried, I was over joyed and I am still amazed. My mother's feeling of being drawn to Ireland her whole life and not ever knowing why, her gut feeling, her wish; it came true because all along it was in her and it is in me too.
Today on this Mothers Day as I sit down for that first cup of tea, I finally know my mother's history. I know where I come from and exactly who I am. Even though my mother who died always wanting to know where she came from and never knowing, I take huge comfort in being able to share this with my family and with all of you. I am so thrilled today to finally feel whole and no longer like I'm missing a piece of my own puzzle. I am moved to tears and my "Irish Eyes" are truly smiling today.
Thank you for joining me for my true mystery, my story and of course a cup of tea. To find out more about DNA testing through 23andme please click here.
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