By: E&P Staff
A mother in Washington state has been reunited with the son she gave up for adoption 43 years ago, thanks to a classified ad in The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash.
Tacoma resident Patti Langdon told AOL she was forced to give up her newborn son when she was a 22-year-old unwed mom. For the past 43 years on April 19, her son’s birthday, Langdon placed a “Happy Birthday” classified ad in the News-Tribune, with the message essentially the same: “Happy Birthday Baby Boy Langdon. I’ve Always Loved You. Your Birth Mom, Patti Langdon.”
Langdon, 65, worked for the paper’s classifieds section for years. This time, she included her son’s name, Todd, after learning it from an adoption agency.
She received an unexpected return on her investment, however, when her birth son, Todd Smith, appeared on her doorstep.
“He rang my bell and I looked out the peephole and I thought it was a UPS driver,” Langdon told CNN. The 43-year-old man told her, “’I might be your son,’ and I showed her the ad.”
A father of two, Langdon discovered he lives 30 minutes from his birth mother. “I never did any of that business because you run the risk of being disappointed,” he told the News-Tribune. “I was more worried about her being disappointed with me.”
“I still can’t believe that we’ve found each other,” Langdon told the newspaper. “I don’t have to feel alone anymore.”