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After 60 years we're sisters again
Vera and her sister sit in front of Niagra Falls
Happy times with my sister (left) at Niagra Falls

My name is Vera, I'm seventy and from South Gipton.

My sister and I were virtually separated for over 60 years. I went to meet her in Canada, where she lives, so we could be a family again.

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I went to Canada to see my younger sister and brother-in-law and to meet their family. It was a family reunion but also it was a chance to get a few issues sorted out.


Before I went I felt empty, my physical health had got me down. My hearing and sight isn't good and it has taken time to recover from two heart attacks. The constraints of old age I suppose.

During that period my mental health was also bad due to past experiences and problems with my first husband and late second husband.

Vera on a beach in Canada
Vera on a beach in Canada

I hadn't seen my sister for over 5 years since my Mother's funeral.

After the funeral my sister asked me if I wanted to visit her in Canada.

I was apprehensive about meeting her as I didn't know my sister well as I hadn't seen much of her while I was young.

This was mainly my mother's doing as she had left me with my grandparents (they were great parents) when I was only three weeks old. I didn't see my mother much at all after that.

A warm welcome

My apprehension went when my sister welcomed me with open arms at the airport. It had been such along time since I have had that feeling. I was overcome with joy.

I had a fantastic time, I never thought I would do it but I proved to myself that when you want to do something you have to strike when the iron's hot.

A good chat

My sister I chatted about the past and sorted out why we became separated. We decided it wasn't either of our faults so we cleared the air and laughed afterwards. This made me feel a lot better in myself. I wanted to let bygones be bygones and be happy in my life.

I met my extended family in Canada and they all treated me with kindness and honesty. We went to see many sights and we ate many fine meals.

Looking back I think what was important was everything was sorted out and that we could all move forward. I left for England with tears in my eyes as I knew I would miss them immensely.

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