November 14, 2020

The One That Would Make Chandler Bing Cry

(Fans of Friends should understand the title reference!)

I'm still waiting on the results of my COVID test from today. My throat was sore and my nose was runny again today out of nowhere. I would be shocked if it's actually COVID, but I still have been self-quarantining to be safe.

When I went for the test, it was super fast--I didn't even have to get out of the car. There were cones in the parking lot to follow around to a tent, where someone confirmed my name and birthdate (my doctor had called it in a few days ago) and then I pulled up a little farther where someone came up to the car to do the test.

After checking my name and birthdate again, she handed me a tissue and told me to blow my nose. Then she inserted a cotton swab into each nostril and swabbed it around. I had been worried about the test because I thought they'd have to stick it way up there and it would be painful, but it wasn't at all. She stuck the swab in the tube with my name on it and then I was done! The whole thing took less than two minutes.

I was told the results would be in my online chart within about 24 hours. So I've been checking way too frequently.

However, since I was self-quarantining today, I used it as an excuse to binge-watch a show on TLCgo. It's called Long Lost Family and there are actually six seasons of it. I'd never heard of it before, but I'm so glad I came across it today!

If you watch it, you'll need a box of tissues handy. Each episode of the show features a couple of people who were placed for adoption when they were babies and then they get help searching for their birth parents/families. Not all of them are reunited (most are), but it's SO emotional to watch whether they are reunited or not. 

I didn't realize how many seasons there were and I happened to start with season 6 episode 1... which is what hooked me. (Minor spoiler below, but based on the show's topic, it's not really spoiling anything!) 

There was a woman who had gotten pregnant when she was 14 and her boyfriend was 15. She talked about how madly in love they were, which sounds silly for young teens like that. When she found out she was pregnant, she and her boyfriend decided they wanted to keep the baby and they were very excited about it.

Her mom was NOT happy and sent her to a home for unwed mothers for the duration of her pregnancy. She was given forms to sign and, not knowing what they were, her mother told her to "shut up and sign them". They were adoption papers, and when her baby boy was born, she never even got to see him before he was taken away and placed for adoption.

She and her boyfriend ended up getting married and having three more children--they stayed together all that time!--and they never forgot about their son that was taken from them. They both wanted to find him so badly and they even celebrated his birthday with their family every year. When her husband became sick, it was his dying wish to reconnect with their son.

Unfortunately, he died a little over year before the show picked up their story, so he never got to see his son. But the mother learned that her son was looking for her as well--AND OHMYGOSH, SO MANY TEARS--they were reunited! The mom and her other three children got to meet her son and his wife and daughter. 

If any of you are Friends fans, do you remember that episode where everyone was trying to make Chandler cry because he said he wasn't a crier? (Season 6, episode 14.) They tried everything--sad movies, sob stories, etc. Well, THIS SHOW would be the one thing that would totally make Chandler Bing cry ;)

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