David Amaya was taken from his mother, Kathy, 35 years ago. His father smuggled him off to Mexico when David was just 2-years-old, only to abandoned him and leave David's grandparents to raise him. David was told his mother didn't love him and that's why he wasn't with her.
Then earlier this month, David was caught trying to cross the border into the United States from Mexico and that's when the truth came out. He told the agents he was a U.S. citizen. His mother was tracked down, a birth certificate produced, and a reunion was planned. She loved him. She never wanted to lose him. She'd been searching for him all these years. At first they spoke on the phone, but here is their first face to face meeting in 35 years. Prepare. It's incredibly moving.
They wasted no time and met right at the San Diego airport when Kathy got off the plane from Wisconsin to see her son. Her first time ever on a plane by the way. David was clearly nervous and biting his nails while waiting. They had to speak through translators because David only speaks Spanish, and Kathy, English. David told his mom, "I love you and I missed you a lot. I welcome you into my life." Kathy responded, "I love you and I'm very happy to see you and I'm not going to let you go." Beautiful!
When asked by reporters how he felt, David said he was at a loss for words. Kathy replied, "He's all grown up." Still, he will always be her baby. That's just how we feel as parents no matter how grown up our children are.
The mother and son are now spending a few days getting to know each other again in San Diego, then on Tuesday they will head to Kathy's home in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, to prepare for a true family Thanksgiving dinner. They have so much to be thankful for. David will also get to meet his half-siblings -- he has four of them.
David has an ex-wife and two children back in Mexico City and he plans settling in San Diego. Looks like Kathy will be riding in planes a lot more and hopefully she'll get to meet her grandchildren soon. David says he's going to write a book on his experience. What an emotional journey for both mother and son. I wish them all the best.
Have you ever lost touch with anyone and had life-changing reunion like this? What do you think of this story?