Kimberly Elizabeth McCabe had no time to be nervous.
She cleaned everything twice. She had the sofa in her Belmont Shore home professionally cleaned. She rearranged the decor to create more space for her family – and a guest.
Then came a knock, and with it, McCabe’s nerves.
This was no ordinary visitor. It was her half-sister.
A half-sister McCabe had only learned of, through DNA testing, about 3 1/2 years ago and, until this moment in early August, had never met in person.
McCabe’s meeting with her sister, Toronto resident Sarah Yee, was the cathartic and, in some ways, symbolic end to her lifelong search to connect with the family she had never known.
It was a fraught journey, one that forked this way and that from the moment McCabe was born to a teenaged, Indigenous Canadian mother and an unwitting, also teenaged, father who would go on to start a new family and sire Yee. DNA testing helped McCabe conclude her journey – but the past government policies of Canada are what necessitated it.
Her upbringing with an adoptive family, which McCabe described as an emotionally challenging time for her, was the product of Canada’s past practice of rending Indigenous children from their parents and placing them in White, Christian households, an exercise in forced assimilation for which the government and Pope Francis have recently apologized.
She had wanted to find her birth mother, McCabe said, for “as long as I can remember.”
But the 47-year-old Long Beach resident only recently received closure.
That closure came when Yee knocked on the door – and McCabe opened it.
Source:: The Mercury News