I am a Korean adoptee from Minnesota, who reunited with my birth mother and brother in 2010. When I met them, it was my first and only visit to Korea, and it was an emotional and exhausting journey. We spent four days together, mostly in shock and bewilderment; it was surreal to have realized a fantasy I'd played out in my head so many times before. While I will never forget meeting them, it was not closure or the fluffy happy ending I had expected. Instead, we are trying to maintain a relationship via Skype and email; however, it feels impossible and frustrating to try and deepen relationships via such superficial ways. When I left them, I promised that I would be back within one or two years, as they don't have the financial means to travel to me. Between pursuing graduate studies and working as a counselor at a youth homeless shelter and crisis center, time has gotten away from me, and I am still living paycheck to paycheck. I am hoping that those of you who know what it is to yearn for family and/or those of you who know the love, bonds, and importance of memories created by having family in your lives, will help me to have the same and to ease my lonliness for both the place and the people I came from. Thank you so much for your consideration and generosity!