Dear Mum…

Dear Mum,

I guess I should first start off with an introduction. My name is Sara Saliba, although you may know me as An Sook Young. Unlike Korean names, many English names have a middle name. My family wanted me to keep part of my identity, so An Sook Young is my middle name. Therefore my full name is Sara An Sook Young Saliba.

I live in Australia, along the coastline, right next to beautiful beaches, mountains and cities. It is about a 10.5 hour flight plus a 1.5 hour drive from me to you. I have been in Australia ever since I left South Korea.

I have graduated university in a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resource Management and Business Law. I now work full-time as a Human Resources Consultant.

I am now 22 years old and I believe it has been 22 years since we last saw each other. While I do not have a memory of this, I hope the memory you have of us together is one you will never forget. I often think about that moment in time, where you may of held me in your arms.

For quite a few years now, I have wondered if you are still alive. Recently the agency informed me you were still living in Korea and they tried to get in contact with you. I most definitely respect your decision to not respond back to the letter. I understand this can be very overwhelming and maybe even a part of your life you do not want to remember.

Although there are always many questions I would like to ask you…… mainly one, how are you?…… Really, how are you? and I do not mean just on surface. I want to know how you are actually going, more about you and the rest of my birth family.

I understand you might have a family of your own now and thinking about me, might not be a memory you have not shared with your family.  I understand you might be scared of the judgement you might receive by telling people. Sometimes, I get the feeling you might feel guilty or saddened with the choice you have made to place me up for adoption. Please do not, as I am most grateful for the life I have and am most thankful. I think you have done the most unselfish/hardest thing a mother can do, by giving up your child.

I have three other siblings. Two older brothers and a younger sister, who all sometimes drive me crazy, although I guess that is just family.

I always wonder if one day we ever meet, how that will go. If you are just as emotional as me, I can imagine lots of tears and us embracing each other in order to try and fill that void we have had for many years.

I hope that one day, we meet. Whether it is in this life time or the next.

I hope you are well.


Sara An Sook Young Saliba

  • Pamela Karanova
    30/08/2017 at 9:05 pm

    This is beautiful, Sara.
    Keep writing. <3


    • sarasaliba1995
      14/09/2017 at 11:50 am

      Thank you Pamela x


  • Charlie Saliba
    22/10/2017 at 5:56 pm

    Good for you Sara.
    Needless to say that your mum, dad and siblings cherish the time we all had while growing up, and continue to be there with you honey, on this slow, at times painful journey. If only your birth mother was to see what became of her daughter, she will be amazed at what a great person you became, a talented dancer, mature, stand up for what you believe in and more; well I would have loved it if you took up more seriously the guitar.
    Mum, your siblings and I are only a second away from you honey, and with you we await all that is meant to be.
    Love you always


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