When Sue first explained her situation, I felt bad for her. She explained that she felt like an outsider to the family that she has known her whole life. She felt that her brother was choosing Marti over her and he had a better connection with her than herself. On the other hand, I also felt bad for Marti in this situation. She explained that she was feeling abandoned by her own family that she had grown up with. She felt disrespected by her brother in law that exposed the family secret to Marti. At the beginning of Kay’s interview, she seemed to be a bit of a pushover. She even revealed that she did not want to bother people by asking people about the rumors of the switched a birth. I also felt pity for her that when she finally got the DNA result, so many people revealed that they had known the whole time and no one had gone to her and told her before hand. The stress had affected Kay and her health had gotten worse. At one point she was sick for six to seven months and she thought that she was going to die. During Mary’s interview, she reveals that she longed for her biological baby since she found out they were switched. Her husband, Norbert, told her everything would be okay and it would not be right to take a baby from another family. The crackle in Mary’s voice, stirred up sadness and I started to get a little teary eyed. Her emotions were so powerful and I felt her desperation for her child. I couldn’t help but feel sorry and bad for the people interviewed during this podcast. I felt sadness for all of them. By the end of the podcast, the feeling of closure arises. Sue and Martha reflect on their childhood and their life and how things could have been different. They came to turns with what happened and who they are which made this story feel happier.
SHANNON ROBEY'S COMMENT:
I completely agree with everything you have said. I think this podcast showed the emotional toll this information took on everyone. The one thing I'd have to slightly disagree with is the whole thought on Mrs. Miller. I think, like you, she definitely wanted to come out with the truth and regrets it, but I see her as the bad guy in this situation. "Sometimes the right thing to do isn't always the easiest." It would be a very hard thing for Mrs. Miller to reveal that she thinks the two girls were switched at birth, but I still think she should've done it. Also, I completely don't agree with how she treated the girl that she raised, Marti, after the truth came out. She went about things the wrong way, making Marti feel unwanted and not accepted around the people she calls mom, dad, brother, and sister. I just think it could've been handled a lot better, but I do understand I'm a third party and I have no clue what Mrs. Miller could have been going through, either. She does have my sympathy, I just think all of the hurt created could have been avoided.