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The Daughter I Inherited

Marlene Geiser

Posted on March 5, 2018 21:29

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When I met the man to whom I am presently married I was extremely fortunate. For some reason that remains inexplicable, I am still amazed that his older daughter has proven herself to be a woman who I would feel proud to call my daughter.

The phone just rang, and it was a call from Australia. The person who was calling I refer to as my adopted daughter. She came into my life when I found and married my present husband, and she is one of the finest human beings I have known. 

When my husband and I met, he and she were not on speaking terms. We spoke in depth of it, and for some miraculous reason, our conversations led to their reconciliation. The first time we spoke in person, I found her to be a highly intelligent individual. In addition, it was clear that both she and her father loved one another. Their relationship had gone astray, but from that day forward she has become and remains integral to our lives.

The story of her moving to Australia is an interesting one. She had arranged to take a cross country trip, and had discovered a young man at a hostel here in the United States. He was an Australian and wanted to become an American citizen. They came to visit us here in Las Vegas, and it was clear that their relationship would undoubtedly flourish.

They went to live in California, married and moved to Australia, where he married her again. Thus she became an Australian citizen. Earlier in her life, she had won a scholarship to Oxford, and became an anglophile. Therefore, living in Australia felt extremely comfortable for her. Ironically enough, their marriage didn't last, and the Australian man came back to the United States where he became a college professor. She is now the mate of a New Zealander with whom she has had two sons. They have all visited us in Vegas, and corroborated for me that I was correct about her at our first meeting.

The delightful part of this story I am sharing is that although we haven't seen them in a long time, she does call, and both my husband and I have the opportunity to speak with her. Life is truly strange, that is undeniable. The product of this experience is that I now consider her my "adopted daughter." Love comes to us when we least expect it, and the sound of her voice gives me a sense of happiness that is hard to define. 

Our conversation today brought tears to my eyes. She mentioned that her oldest son is now sixteen and his brother is fourteen. I have known this wonderful person for over thirty years, and she and her family have become an important part of our lives. 

Writing these words takes me back to a time when I was younger than she is now. All of this story seems like a piece of fiction, however it is true. I do consider this special woman, whose name is Julie, to be my daughter as well. It would truly be wonderful were she to come and visit us again. That would mean the world to me, and I pray that God makes it possible.

Marlene Geiser

Posted on March 5, 2018 21:29

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