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Thomas tells his personal story of adoption

WBTV (Channel 3) chief meteorologist Eric Thomas had been up much of the night monitoring tornado warnings, but still delivered a stirring luncheon speech Thursday to the Children’s Home Society in Charlotte.

Thomas told about his own adoption, and the mystery of his birth mother to the group that serves 17,000 children and families through adoptions, foster care and parenting education.

Thomas’ birth mother was an 18-year-old college sophomore in 1960 when she got pregnant, he said. Attitudes on unwed mothers were different then. “She was in a tough spot,” Thomas said. “She probably had to endure criticism.”

She had to decide whether to terminate the pregnancy, he said, “or would she finish what she started. Well, here I am.”

His uncle, a surgeon in New Jersey, knew the woman and set up the adoption through the family and the courts. “I cannot imagine what it would have been like to have that nurse come in and take her baby away,” Thomas said.

Deciding to give up her baby to adoption must have been the “ultimate expression of love, selfless and unconditional,” he said.

Thomas was raised in the Pittsburgh area by Magda and Egon Dezubay (they are German). His father was a nuclear engineer and his mother a teacher.

He remembers the day in second grade when his mother called him away from the TV and asked: “Did you know you were adopted?”

What does that mean, Thomas asked.

“You weren’t born from me. You were born from someone else,” she replied. “OK,” he said, “Can I go back and play now?”

While it had no impact on him then, he came to think about it in later years. He never knew his birth mother, and the only details he knows came from the uncle. She only had one other requirement for her son: That he be raised Catholic.

He has never reached out to find her. “I don’t spend much time thinking about it. There’s no void in my life,” he said.

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