KOMPAS.com – There are many touching and interesting stories that color the journey of mothers and children around the world.
No exception for Holly Shearer and Benjamin Hulleberg, mother-daughter from the United States who have been separated for 20 years.
The story of their lives lately has become a concern, not only because of their touching meeting.
But because Benjamin doesn’t realize that his biological mother whom he’s been looking for for years is actually his office mate.
The story of Holly and Benjamin began to be discussed by many people when the child was looking for his biological mother.
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Because Benjamin is an adopted child who was raised by the couple Angela and Brian Hulleberg since childhood.
The husband and wife couple adopted Benjamin as their son just in time for the celebration Thanksgiving on November 22, 2001.
It can be estimated that at that time Holly was 16-17 years old and she had entrusted her biological child to someone else.
“He’s always on my mind. Especially on holidays and birthdays, my emotions go up and down,” said Holly.
“I think about it all the time,” he added.
Holly and Benjamin’s relationship is broken
At first Holly still got letters and photos from the family who adopted Benjamin for three years.
However, that all changed when information about her biological child ceased and her adoption agency was shut down in 2014.
Holly, who was cut off from her biological child, then did a search online and find account Facebook Benjamin.
However, at first Holly was still hesitant.
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“He was 18 when I found him. He has so much in his life,” said Holly.
On the other hand, Benjamin, who had wanted to meet his biological mother, had tried various ways.
Starting from writing letters, DNA tests, to registering for family reunion services that follow the adoption program.
But tohhis efforts are still to no avail and Benjamin has yet to get a bright spot where the woman named Holly who he believes to be his biological mother is.
The beginning of Holly finding Benjamin
The indirect meeting between mother and daughter was then realized when Holly ventured to contact Benjamin.
The mother chose to wish Benjamin a happy birthday on November 19, 2021.
The message was then responded to by Benjamin one day later, and this moment became the scene for the reunion of mother and daughter who were separated for 20 years.
“I can remember the exact place when I received the message. I was working,” Benjamin said.
“I used to be a machine operator and I remember I was on machine number 15.”
“I was doing periodic checks every hour, I opened my cellphone and saw the message. And I just answered,” he said.
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Holly who then told him who he was immediately made Benjamin really surprised.
The follow-up message from his biological mother, Benjamin admitted, was very emotional and he immediately burst into tears.
“This is the day I’ve been waiting for the last 20 years of my life and imagining that it’s finally happening is just too much,” Benjamin said.
Immediately plan a meeting
Starting with Holly’s birthday wishes, the two immediately planned their first face-to-face meeting.
Holly and Benjamin agreed to meet the next day through dinner at Red Robin with their respective families.
Here, the touching moment begins when Holly first meets Angela and Brian Hulleberg, Benjamin’s adoptive parents.
It was five minutes later that Benjamin arrived and saw Holly for the first time as she grew up.
Holly and Benjamin then hugged each other for five minutes and they both burst into tears.
“It doesn’t feel like 20 years, even though it’s been 20 years since Benjamin grew up, but the relationship is still there,” said Angela Hulleberg, 46.
“I think Benjamin is very lucky to have everyone in his life who loves him,” he added.
Turns out Holly works in the same office as Benjamin
Their first meeting after 20 years of separation led them to new facts that were revealed.
One of them is Holly and Benjamin realizing that they are not that far from each other after all these years.
Because the mother and child are working at St. Hospital. Mark HCA Healthcare in Salt Lake City in the last two years.
There, Holly worked as a medical assistant at the Heart Center, while her son was in charge of the newborn care unit.
“Every morning, I would enter through the women’s pavilion to start work. So I passed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) every day,” said Holly.
“We parked in the same garage, could have been on the same floor, didn’t expect us to be so close,” he continued.
Benjamin, who was satisfied that he had met Holly, then gave a message so that every child who is looking for a biological parent figure does not despair.
“I’ve tried a lot of things, and all of them don’t work,” he said.
“That (moment) came when I didn’t expect it. It was something that just happened. It doesn’t happen to everyone,” Benjamin said.
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