Jenny Thomas knew so little about her birth parents. All she knew was that her mother was white and her father was black. That’s it.
She spent 15 years searching for her birth mother. Then in 2016, she appeared on TLC’s Long Lost Family to finally get to the bottom of things.
When the host revealed to her that he had tracked down her mom, it was so emotional that both of them started wiping away tears. As soon as Jenny saw a photo of the woman, she screamed out, “I know her!”
Thomas had worked with her mother, Nita Valdez, side-by-side at a hospital. In fact, she had always wondered if the sweet older woman was her mother.
“I always had that in the back of my mind,” Jenny told Time Warner. “Does she know me? Is she looking because I look familiar? Right there, next to me, for a couple years, working side-by-side, talking with her, laughing with her. Seeing her as a coworker, but also seeing her as a nice person that I worked with, someone that I got excited about when I saw, because she was a great worker.”
Thanks to the show, Jenny was finally able to meet her birth mother, a gift for which she is eternally grateful.
“A lot of people don’t get the opportunity to meet their biological parents,” Jenny said. “So, whether the relationship grows or it doesn’t, I’m thankful for the opportunity.”
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