Family meets for first time: 'like we'd known each other forever'

Family meets for first time: 'like we'd known each other forever'

EUGENE, Ore. - Travelers looked at the cameras and crowd with wonder until one of the passengers broke ahead of the crowd in a rush of "Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh."

Curious onlookers had stuck around after seeing the commotion and hearing Donna Geil's story.

Geil got pregnant in 1959 when she was 16 years old.

"There was no way at 16 that I could take care of a baby," she said. "So I went and decided that I just needed to find a good home to give her something that I couldn't do for her."

Donna never saw the baby.

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"I have to look at you," Cricket said, pulling back from an overdue hug with the birth mother and little sister she had never hugged before.

"To know that this is me, this is part of me, I'm part of her," she said, holding her mother and sister, "and we - we're finally together after 51 years."

"I wanted her my whole life, and now I have her," Cricket's new little sis Sandy Pierson said.

The mother and daughter had spoken on the phone before Friday's reunion.

Cricket made the first call.

"When I dialed the phone," she said, "before I pushed enter I just sat there and stared at the phone I thought, this is what I wanted for 51 - 50 years and then when I pushed the button I thought, oh crap now I have to talk. What am I going to do?"

"She said it's me," Donna said. "Our conversations on the phone were so natural. It was just like we'd known each other forever."