Marie Kristiansen Eftestad, a hairdresser in Norway, has had just one dream — to reunite with her biological mother. Forty years back, Marie was adopted from this city and now she and her wife Monica are on a mission to trace her mother.
Marie’s adoption papers state her birth name as Pinky and have all the details of her biological mother, but the only hitch is that she was unmarried at the time and didn’t want her identity to be disclosed. In order to persuade her mother to have a change of heart, Marie has put up a post on her Facebook page. She hopes if her mother is alive, she or someone close to her will read it and help in their reunion.
Marie was both on January 14, 1978, and was given up for adoption three months later. “I was born at Park View Nursing Home. I never went back to Kolkata, but would love to be there to reunite with my mother,” Marie said.
Marie has written that she is forever grateful to her biological mother for giving birth to her. “There must have been serious compulsions for you to give me up for adoption. I don’t hold that against you. I understand that you didn’t want to be identified then. But I am hoping, after all these years, you have had a change of heart. I really hope you too want to meet me as much as I do,” her post said. She also added that she would understand if the reunion can’t happen. “I don’t want to jeopardise your life for me. But if a meeting is impossible, I wish I can get a photo of yours to see how you look,” she wrote.
“Even my parents who adopted me support my search,” Marie said.