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First speaking with and then meeting my family was like an out of body experience. I found myself listening to what my family member was talking about but paying more attention to what they looked like, their mannerisms, the color of their skin, the wrinkles on their faces and how much I looked like them.
Meeting my birth family was the first time in half a century on this planet that I met people that actually looked like me! I imagine for many people this is ordinary, but for me it was like being born and discovering the world for the first time.