Chris was born on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, to a 16-year-old girl who decided adoption would be the best path for her baby. The baby boy was quickly adopted by a wonderful family.
The birth mother never looked for the baby, fearing that he might not even know he was adopted. The last thing she wanted was to cause conflict within a family.
And Chris never looked for his birth parents either, because although he knew he was adopted, he maintained firmly that his “adoption parents were his real parents.”
But then on his 25th birthday, Chris was at a bar waiting for his drink when he struck up a conversation with a stranger, “a sweet, middle-aged woman named Roberta.”
She asked where he was from, and he said he was adopted from Easley, South Carolina. Coincidentally, she recognized that town, because she was from Easley as well.
But it wasn’t until later that night that she realized she’d heard his story before.
Roberta knew a 16-year-old who had given up a baby boy for adoption in that town—she was best friends with her. In fact, she was right there when the baby was born and put up for adoption in the small single hospital in that town.
She went back to the bar, and two weeks later, they ran into each other again.
Chris remembered seeing her head straight for him—and the next words out of her mouth were completely unexpected.
“I don’t know how to say this, but I think I know who your biological mother is,” Roberta said. Then she shared the story she knew, and Chris believed her. The only detail he knew of his birth mother was her last name, and once Roberta mentioned it, his mouth dropped open.
Chris went home to make plans to get a DNA test.
A few weeks later, he had met his mother, his two half sisters, and eventually his biological father as well.
But it was like magic when he incidentally met one of his half sisters’ best friends. When his sister, Ashley, told her friend her brother was in town, her friend was confused, because she didn’t know Ashley had a brother.
But the second the two of them met, they hit it off.
At one point, Chris turned to his sister and said, “I will marry that girl.”
And he did, five years later. The girl shared the touching story to the Instagram account The Way We Met, and it quickly caught the heart of thousands.
"Cinco De Mayo 2011 was Chris' 25th birthday, and the day that would change his life forever…and indirectly, mine. Chris was adopted and never knew his biological family. His birth-mom had him when she was only 16 years old and decided adoption was the best route. She never attempted to reconnect with him because she was afraid he didn't know he was adopted. Chris never pursued looking for his birth parents either. He had always maintained that his "adoption parents were his real parents." Then on the night of his 25th birthday, Chris struck up a conversation with a random stranger while waiting to get a drink at the bar. She was a sweet middle-aged woman named Roberta, and when she asked Chris where he was from, he told her he was adopted from Easley, SC. Little did Chris know at the time, but this stranger named Roberta was actually best friends with his biological mother. In fact, they had known each other since they were kids and Roberta was even there when she got pregnant at 16 and gave her son up for adoption. However, Roberta didn't put two and two together in that moment. It wasn't until later on that evening that a light bulb went on in her head. 2 weeks later, Chris was at the same bar when he noticed the same woman heading straight towards him. Roberta declared, "I don't know how to say this, but I think I know who your biological mother is." She went on to explain that only one boy was born at the small local hospital in Easley, SC on Cinco De Mayo and that boy was adopted. Chris only knew his mother's last name and once mentioned out loud, both of their mouths dropped. After a few weeks and a DNA test, Chris met his mother, his 2 half sisters, and eventually his biological father as well. Here is where I enter the story. One of Chris' half-sisters, Ashley, is my best friend. I had just moved back to SC after graduating college and called Ashley to meet up/ catch up. She asked me if she could bring her brother along. I was very confused but she promised to explain in person. We all went out and Chris and I instantly hit it off. At one point, Chris turned to his sister and said, "I will marry that girl one day." 5 years later he did just that."