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A Reunion 62 Years in the Making

Post Date:05/29/2020 12:54 PM

Love Field recently played host to a reunion 62 years in the making.

Dallas-native Lisa Smith grew up knowing she was adopted. After several attempts to connect with her birth family, she’d all but given up. Then she saw a program about families reuniting after DNA testing and decided to give it a try.

“I had a coupon, so I thought to myself if the coupon works it’s meant to be,” said Lisa.

IMG_4433EDITcropWhen her testing results came back in early February, Lisa discovered an entire new family – including eight siblings! Lisa was able to connect with a second cousin who put her in touch her brother Brian, who had been adopted and raised in Pennsylvania. Brian reached out to Lisa and they’ve been speaking almost every day since.

“After waiting 60 plus years, this is very special and will be an emotional time for us,” said Lisa.

The coronavirus pandemic put a pause on Lisa and Brian meeting in person, but as travel restrictions have eased Brian was able to make the trip down to Texas.

Nerves were high for both Lisa and Brian as they came together at Love Landing to meet for the first time.

“As you might expect, I was extremely nervous about meeting my sister,” said Brian. “There is always that hidden fear of meeting someone face to face.”

Any nervousness was lost the moment they saw each other, running into each other’s arms for their first hug. LisaSmith-1

“I was already in love with her, meeting in person just erased any doubt,” said Brian.

Lisa’s husband was on hand to witness the joy, as well as several Southwest employees and travelers who were captivated by Lisa’s story. Lisa says Brian is still in Texas and has plans to stay!

Congratulations to Lisa and Brian on their special reunion, thank you for letting Dallas Love Field Airport be part of it!

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