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Family Reunited: STL Photo of the Week

Posted on January 03, 2020 in Photos

Mirna Matias of St. Louis rushes to hug her two daughters, who she had not seen in 10 years, until they arrived at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

The clues of a very heartwarming moment danced in the air, tethered to a young girl and boy in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The brother and sister held to unicorn balloons while their parents held flowers. They gathered at the flight screen to see when the exact moment would happen. That moment was the arrival of their half-sisters from Guatemala, 16-year-old Arely and 11-year-old Melissa, at noon on Friday, January 3. These were sisters the boy had never met in person. The boy’s mom, Mirna Matias, had not seen her daughters in 10 years before she left Guatemala. Quite simply, it’s a complicated story of long distance journeys and separation. But for no longer. Mirna was at a loss for words as she and her husband, Jose Gomez, nervously waited alongside other relatives to see the girls walk down the ramp, where they could not just see, but embrace, again. The two daughters rushed into their mother’s open arms. Smiles. Tears. Hugs. Joy. A new year. A new decade. And for one St. Louis family, together at last. Reunited. 

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Mirna Matias reunited with her daughters at STL. She had not seen them in 10 years when they all lived in Guatemala.
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Mirna Matias reunited with her daughters at STL. She had not seen them in 10 years when they all lived in Guatemala.
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Mirna Matias reunited with her daughters at STL. She had not seen them in 10 years when they all lived in Guatemala.
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Mirna Matias reunited with her daughters at STL. She had not seen them in 10 years when they all lived in Guatemala.
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Mirna Matias reunited with her daughters at STL. She had not seen them in 10 years when they all lived in Guatemala.
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Mirna Matias reunited with her daughters at STL. She had not seen them in 10 years when they all lived in Guatemala.