For Sharon Kingston, May 23 was the day her dream came true.
On that day, the 27-year-old Eldersburg resident was reunited with her birth mother for the first time in more than 26 years.
Recently, Kingston recalled the dinner meeting.
For Kingston's biological mother, 48-year-old Catherine Naghdi of Millersville, the special dinner was bittersweet.
"When we met, we put our arms around each other, and neither one of us really wanted to let go. I didn't want to let her get away again," Naghdi said.
The meeting ended nearly two years of searching for Kingston, who began looking for Naghdi in September 1990.
Naghdi and Kingston were separated in January 1965, when Naghdi gave up her newborn daughter for adoption.
Kingston, who was born Nov. 10, 1964, in Washington, was adopted by Ronald and Dorothy Sczerbicki of Rosedale on Jan. 26, 1965, through Associated Catholic Charities.
Naghdi, now married and the mother of two other children, said she contacted Catholic Charities in late 1964 after deciding that adoption would be best for Sharon.
"I was an unwed mother from an upper-middle-class family. They just would not have understood. Those were different times," Naghdi said. "I didn't want my child to suffer because of a feeling of not belonging."
Kingston, who was the Sczerbickis' only child, said, "My parents have been wonderful. They have always done everything they could for me. They have always been very supportive."
Kingston was 4 when her parents told her that she was adopted.
"When I was 18, my mother took me to Catholic Charities and they gave me some biological information. I found out things like [her biological mother's] hair color, eye color and the ages of both biological parents," Kingston said.
It wasn't until she was 25, married and a mother herself, that Kingston returned to Catholic Charities enlisting their help to find her biological mother.
"A friend of mine, who had been adopted, found his mother through Catholic Charities, and it was a good experience. I got excited and thought if it worked for him, it would work for me," Kingston said.
Kingston was assisted by a Catholic Charities adoption search consultant, Tina Nemphos, who located Naghdi and secured her consent to be contacted by Kingston.
By noticing a newspaper advertisement for a high school reunion, Nemphos and other volunteers were able to track down Naghdi.
"Apparently, they [Catholic Charities] saw an ad in the newspaper trying to locate people who graduated in 1961 from Glen Burnie [High School]," Naghdi said. "Catholic Charities phoned the contact person in the ad, who happened to be a friend of mine."
Naghdi was contacted by her friend, who told her Kingston was looking for her.
After they exchanged letters, Naghdi contacted Kingston by phone on March 30.
Naghdi, who is a secretary for the Social Security Administration in Falls Church, Va., was thrilled to learn that her first-born daughter wanted to find her.
"I never expected that she would want to find me," Naghdi said.
"I hope it continues and keeps getting better. I don't see how it could, because it's great now," Naghdi said. "Her half-brother, Mike, 16, and sister Tammy, 26, are tickled to death."