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One man’s search for his birth parents reunites high school sweethearts 38 years later

Patrick Giblin was adopted “by two wonderful parents” after his teenage birth mother put him up for adoption. His adoptive mother died when he was 11 and his adoptive father eventually remarried, adding a stepmother and sister to the family. More than 20 years later, Giblin, a father himself, decided to expand his family some more.

He started the overwhelming journey of finding his birth parents by contacting the adoption agency and discovering, to his surprise, that his birth mother left him contact information. A Facebook hunt brought up a face Giblin could not mistake as his mother’s.

Giblin’s birth mother, Stephanie, always wanted to see her son again. When they were in the hospital, a nurse even snuck her into a closet so she could whisper to baby Giblin that she would see him again.

Giblin tells Today that their first phone call lasted hours, and that was just the beginning. Giblin and his birth mother began building a relationship, and Giblin was able to meet Stephanie’s husband before he passed away.

“I had hopes but no expectations,” Giblin confessed. “It’s been one complete surprise after another.”

One of those surprises was when Stephanie reached out to Giblin’s birth father, Todd Ripple. Her high school romance with Ripple was cut off after they gave Giblin up for adoption. Ripple’s parents forbade the two from contacting each other.

When Stephanie reached out to Ripple to tell him about their son, Ripple describes it as if “35-plus years just disappeared.” The two high school sweethearts picked up the interrupted romance just where it left off and got married.

“It was completely surreal for all of us in the most amazing way possible,” Giblin said in his letter. “We all see each other frequently.”

Giblin’s birth parents recently met Giblin’s adoptive father.

“It was an incredible and emotional day, one I’ll never forget,” he wrote to Today. “Sometimes life comes full circle and gives you back more in return than you ever missed the first time around.”
Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.


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