Editor’s Note: The following piece was emailed to the Western Itasca Review in response to an article entitled “Siblings reunite after 58 years” written by Louise H. McGregor which appeared in the March 9, 2017 WIR. The article was about the re-uniting of Deer River resident Renee Donnelly with siblings that she hadn’t seen since 1959.
I just read your article, which reports that “two of the sisters were able to grow up together in a loving home”and the other siblings “grew up in foster care.” While I know such contrast makes for a more interesting and dramatic story, it’s misleading. I cannot address Tom’s circumstances in foster care because I never knew him. Maybe he had the stereotypical experience where he was bounced from one unhappy home to the next. I hope that’s not the case, but I suspect that’s the image readers have in their minds when they read the phrase “grew up in foster care.” I do have first hand knowledge, however, of the family that loved and raised Roseann and Sandy, because it was mine.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.