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  • I never wanted to ruin any one's life.

  • It was just such an eerie feeling.

  • I'm just too scared.

  • She said, I know who my biological parents are.

  • I can feel my body sinking now just talking about it,

  • I was just like, 'whoo'.

  • You and me have the same Dad, don't we?

  • Oh my gosh.

  • She's like, yeah.

  • That's definitely her.

  • Yeah, I'm your sister.

  • How on earth could my sister move next door to me?

  • Holy crap.

  • My name is Hillary Harris. I was adopted when I was an infant.

  • My parents were very loving and very nice.

  • I grew up in Elmwood, Wisconsin.

  • I came to Eau Claire in 2005 for college.

  • I met my husband in 2008.

  • We bought this house, here in Eau Clair, in October of 2011.

  • Then I found out I was pregnant.

  • That's when I went through the adoption agency and found out

  • all my information about where I came from, birth mom, birth dad,

  • I found out then that I had other siblings, but I could not find the half sister.

  • Her name was Don Johnson.

  • When we looked at the house, honestly we didn't even realise that it had a shared driveway.

  • The house that we shared the driveway with

  • it was actually a rental house. Like every year there was new neighbours.

  • And we had actually contemplated moving.

  • So in 2017, the new neighbour moves in.

  • And I don't know I didn't even introduce myself.

  • I remember that. I'll was just like 'uh, whatever.'

  • My name is Dawn Johnson.

  • I was raised in Wisconsin in a small town.

  • My parents were not married.

  • I did not know who my biological father was until I was 18.

  • When we moved to Eau Clair we did look at probably 20+ houses.

  • The house that I finally found was on Craigslist.

  • I actually pulled up and the first thing I noticed was a shared driveway.

  • First thing that came to me is who's going to take care of the snow.

  • After I moved into the house, I did come to find a little girl was coming next door.

  • Her name is Stella.

  • I did not like when Stella kept going over there.

  • So I mean, I would definitely like watch through the window

  • if she'd like walk over there.

  • My husband came over and was like 'I met the new neighbours.'

  • I was like, 'oh cool. What's her name?'

  • - 'Dawn.'

  • What are the chances it's not possible.

  • I was at home one day and a big truck pulled in our driveway

  • with huge stacks of shingles on it.

  • And there was a big red banner, like wrapped around the shingles.

  • And it said:

  • Johnson

  • I'm like, 'oh my God.'

  • I was stressing myself out about it.

  • And my husband was getting stressed out.

  • He's like, 'if you don't ask her, I'm gonna ask her.'

  • Stella's mom and father came over.

  • And I remember like looking at her hands.

  • Oh, she's really big hands, too. And she has curly hair.

  • And I have naturally wavy hair.

  • I had a set of eyes on me that I could feel

  • going up and down my body.

  • I was still too nervous at that point.

  • I'm thinking 'huh!'

  • And then they decided, 'well, we're not going to get back to the roof

  • so we're going to leave.'

  • We sit by and walked inside and my husband's like,

  • 'Dude, what the heck? You didn't ask her?'

  • Well I'm like 'I couldn't couldn't! I'm just too scared!'

  • I never wanted to ruin anyone's life, you know,

  • or like be a surprise where they didn't want anything to do with me.

  • And now there's this woman moving next door to me...

  • I can make her really sad or I ruined some family secret.

  • So I pull up my father's obituary and see that it says Dawn Johnson

  • The phone lights up and it says:

  • 'Hi, this is you know, Hillary your next-door neighbour.'

  • 'Is your last name Johnson?'

  • Were you Miss Little Corn Fest Queen?

  • I said 'yes, I was Miss Little Corn Fest in 1983.

  • And she goes 'well, who's your dad?'

  • I said Wayne Close but unfortunately he passed away in 2010.

  • And it was like silent for a couple minutes.

  • Oh my gosh, it's her. It's Dawn Johnson.

  • I said 'you and me have the same Dad, don't we?

  • And she's like, 'yeah, I'm your sister.'

  • I'm like, 'oh my gosh!'

  • I was just in shock.

  • Holy crap now what? Now what's our dynamic going to be like?

  • And the next day I ended up bringing pictures of her biological father

  • because she has never met him and brought her flowers

  • and a card and said, 'you know, welcome sis, I'm glad to meet you.'

  • We talked a lot. We spent a lot of time together.

  • We're very fortunate that we've had a very good have a really good connection together.

  • I feel like Dawn's over here a lot.

  • I mean, not like not like that, but I'll ask her for like, honestly,

  • I've probably asked her for at least 10 rolls of toilet paper.

  • A lot of life changes.

  • A lot of firsts for both of us.

  • I'm expecting another little girl in a couple months.

  • I kind of felt like Dawn's there now as a neighbour

  • and a sister and a grandma.

  • We see each other every day.

  • We see each other every day.

  • She comes home from work and I'll go out there and talk to her.

  • People really don't know each other and anymore,

  • they just are too busy with each other's lives

  • and they never really do get to know your neighbours.

  • So be kind to your neighbour because you never know

  • it could be your sister you've been looking for.

I never wanted to ruin any one's life.

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經過多年的尋找,我找到了我的鄰家妹妹 - BBC News (After years searching, I found my sister next door - BBC News)

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    林宜悉 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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