Single Mom Gives Son up for Adoption to Save Him from Poverty, Holds Him in Her Arms Again in 18 Years
The decision to give up a child for adoption is a difficult one, to say the least.
Oftentimes, even when adoption is in everyone’s best interests, both parties find themselves dreaming of meeting one another again as the years go by.
That dream became a reality last month for Winter Park, Florida, resident Tammy Oswalt and her son, Bruce, who she’d given up for adoption as a newborn.
A life full of struggles
Tammy Oswalt from Orlando, Florida, spent a life filled with multiple trials and tribulations. Her partner had just left her, she’d lost her job and she was nearly homeless..
Oswalt shared she wanted her son, whom she named “Bruce,” to have a happy and normal life, which she couldn’t give him.
A difficult decision
After much thought, the expectant mother took a decision that would continue to tug at her heart for the rest of her life — she decided to give up her newborn son for adoption.
“He deserved a family with two loving parents, a stable home and everything else I couldn’t provide at the time … It tore me up daily wondering where he was, how he was and if he hated me,” she explained.
Bruce eventually was adopted and renamed Dylan. Tammy and his adoptive mother stayed in touch for a time, but when Tammy’s later inquiries went unanswered, she decided to step away quietly. She always maintained the hope that she’d see her son again.
Little did she know, Dylan had found one of Tammy’s daughters, Sammy Hewett, online last fall. The siblings communicated for months before Sammy finally let it slip to Tammy that they’d been in contact.
Mother and son had their first conversation – by phone – in August.
Then last month, just a few days after Tammy’s birthday, Sammy invited her out for dinner where Sammy unveiled a huge surprise: “I want you to meet your son, Dylan,” she said. That’s when Tammy looked over her shoulder to see the son she once believed she’d never see again leaning against the post behind her.
Their reunion is surely a moment they will never forget
For 18 years, the heartbroken mother had longed to hold her son in her arms, and when the opportunity presented itself, she didn’t hesitate. Oswalt and Dylan shared a long and emotional hug.
“The moment I looked back and saw him, so much ran through me. There was so much love, I just wanted to hold and kiss him. I felt whole for the very first time, since I last held Dylan in my arms.”
Dylan and Oswalt learned they lived only 90 minutes from each other, much to their astonishment. The long-lost mother and son duo revealed they planned to meet more often and rebuild their relationship.
A wonderful family reunion
A super-ecstatic Oswalt mentioned that reuniting with her son made her feel complete. We’re delighted that Oswalt finally got the closure she needed for a mother who waited and wondered for almost two decades to embrace the son she never stopped loving.
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