Mary brought along with her a large envelope to the restaurant. Mary handed me the envelope and said that inside were pictures of Dorothy. Mary had originally planned on mailing me a picture but time had slipped away from her. Inside of the envelope where nine pictures of Dorothy taken at various times in Dorothy’s life. I held the envelope, apprehensive to open the envelope yet dying to see what Dorothy looked like, anxious to see this woman that gave birth to me. I held the envelope to my chest and said a little prayer in my heart before opening it as I have waited and wondered my entire lifetime about Dorothy. Michael and Mary were telling me while at the restaurant how much I looked like Dorothy and that our profiles are spot on. I took a deep breath and opened the large brown envelope and pulled out the pictures. The first and largest picture was in a cardboard case that needed to be opened. Mary said before I opened the flap that this particular picture was the only professional picture ever taken of Dorothy, it was her wedding picture taken at age 19. Again I took a deep breath and opened the flap. It was like looking at a picture of me, the similarities were identical. The picture took my breath away and caused my eyes to well with big tears. I said out loud “oh my God, I look just like her”. Mary, Michael and Cindy all agreed.
Mary and I look the very similar in our facial features, our jaw line, nose, cheekbones, eyes are the same. Our stature is not similar. Mary is very petite and actually takes after my namesake our Grandmother Anna. Anna was a very petite woman, both of whom are 5’1. Strange to me that I, the one Dorothy relinquished looks the most like Dorothy in every aspect. I have been told that I have the same gate as Dorothy, as we both walk with a purpose; fast pace with a “don’t mess with me” stride. That made me laugh but now that I realize that about myself I see it. Michael is tall and normal build. Michael and I have the same eyes, cheekbones and jaw line. Michael and I seem quite alike in our personalities.