I recall saying at some stage that the Finding Anne Watkins website was setup as my last hope, long shot, stab in the dark chance at finding Anne Watkins but in reality I lost hope in finding her about 10 years ago because at that time I’d been searching for over 20 and I hadn’t uncovered one piece of information that lead me to her, or anyone else for that matter.
All roads have led to nowhere when it comes to finding Anne Watkins. Needless to say when I received the following email from a researcher at the Benevolent Society I got excited for about 5 minutes.
I hope all is going well for you. Just wanted to let you know what’s been happening. About a month ago I sent a letter to a person I am following up. I did not hear back, so I sent another today by registered mail, person to person. This means I should either get a notification that the letter has been signed for, or it will be retuned as having gone to an old address. This letter is to a person I am hoping could provide some information so it is a looooong shot.
I have also emailed a number of odd places for tiny pieces of information but these have so far been unsuccessful. I will let you know if anything comes of the letter. I am expecting that the letter may not be well received so don’t keep your hopes too high. I will continue to do what we can here. I hope you are hanging in there. Let me know if I can support you in any way while we wait.
I can say with confidence that nothing will come of it. You could say that is just my way of arming myself for another let down or maybe I have a sixth sense about the whole situation. In reality I can’t believe I missed something in my search.
I wish I could be more like my brother who doesn’t care too much for the whole adoption thing. I asked him while having lunch with him and my sister-in-law if it bothered him that he replaced a baby, he said it didn’t bother him at all. This seems to be very common response amongst adopted blokes especially the ones around my age. Or are they just covering up their true feelings in good old Aussie bloke fashion?
Regardless of the outcome from this mysterious registered letter, I’m intrigued as to whom this person is that may provide more information and why wouldn’t they be receptive? So many questions rolling around my mind and I understand they can’t give much information until they know more or nothing if it’s a dead end. If it does come to a dead end as expected, then that’s probably the nail in the coffin. If I can’t find her and the experts can’t find her then she needs to find me and thinking about that just raises 100 more questions starting with ‘what if she’s dead?’.