Pauline Lott was a young unwed mother in need of help. The Mississippi Welfare Department took her into custody and turned her over to the King's Daughters Home - a place that helped young girls like Pauline. The state said that they would cover all medical costs involving the birth of the baby, but there was a catch: Pauline would have to give the baby up for adoption. Reluctantly, Pauline agreed. After all, she was only 15, and a bit young to be a mother.
On January 20, 1941, she gave birth to a baby boy whom she named Charles. She cared for him for two months until his adoption date. C.Z. and Lillie Mae, a young couple looking to adopt a baby boy, fell in love with the smiling Charles as soon as they saw him. They promised Pauline that they would take good care of the baby and would honor her wishes that the baby's first name not be changed.
Many years passed, and Pauline longed to see her son again. By this time, both of Charles' adoptive parents had passed away, and he too was on a search - for a mother he had never known. Finally, a friend with some genealogy experience directed him to the website Ancestry.com. There he found a family tree set up by Pauline's nephew... and an email link for inquiries. He sent a message, and just a few days later, was able to make a phone call that he had waited 73 years to place. Pauline could hardly believe her ears - the baby boy she had given up so long ago was calling and wanted to see her!
A month later, on Charles' 73rd birthday, the two met in person and Charles kissed his mother for the very first time. They talked together for a long while, trying to catch up on all the years spent apart.
Now, they talk on the phone almost every day. They've found that they have a lot in common. "It helps me to know who I am now," Charles says, then adds: "I don't know what I did when I didn't know her."