Lin and Bud made a trip to Vancouver and briefly met with Lee in Abbottsford, B.C. in May. Lin then phoned the Adoption Finders back and told her that the meeting had gone well.
“That’s good” the lady replied because there is also a brother as well. But other than confirming that he lived somewhere in British Columbia and cautioning that it might not be in the greater Vancouver area she was unwilling to release any other information.
She would have to contact him first (to see if he was willing to be contacted by us) and he would also have to sign a form.
Needless to say this created quite a buzz throughout our family. Concerns of how Dad and our stepmother (who Lin & I had emotionally adopted as our mother many years before) would accept this news quickly dissipated.
With genuine anticipation and full support of our families we began making plans for a get together.
The day before Lin, her husband Bud, my daughter Bailey and I were to leave from Vanderhoof (60 miles west of Prince George, BC) Lin made one more call to the Adoption Finders.
She explained as to seeing how we would be traveling across most of BC, and had the time, we could easily make a detour to see our brother.
The lady laughed (as if she knew a secret she couldn’t tell) but said she had not received the signed form yet and therefore there was nothing she could do.
We arrived at Lee’s place at Garden Bay (2 hours north of Vancouver, on the sunshine coast) in the afternoon two days later.
We hadn’t been there more than half an hour when the phone rang – it was brother John. It was then we found out why the lady had laughed. We had breakfast, in Prince George, less than 30 minutes from where he lived.