All her life Freda Pickering wondered what happened to the baby girl she gave up for adoption. She fell pregnant after a romance with a Croation exile who left her for someone else. She was only 19.
Freda didn't even realise she was expecting until she gave birth, the Daily Mail reports. "One night I got this pain in my tummy. I thought babies had to be cut out of you but all of a sudden this baby dropped out." She had the baby, carried it in to her mother and said, "Mum, I think I've had a baby."
She made the difficult decision to give the baby up for adoption. "Although I wished I could keep her, I knew there was nothing I could do."
To make matters worse, she and the man she eventually married, Ron Pickering, couldn't have children.
Ron was a bus driver and Freda worked on his bus as a conductor, monitoring the behaviour of the school children. She couldn't help but wonder what had happened to the little girl she gave up. The girl would be around the same age as some of the children on the school bus.
Carole Davies is the name of the daughter she gave away. She never realised that Freda, the bus conductor, was her birth mother. Carole had been adopted out to a local family and attended Tadcaster Grammar School. She and her birth mother rode on the same bus for seven years. She knew she was adopted but never thought to seek out her birth mother.
It wasn't until decades later that Carole found her and the realised they'd seen each other almost every day for seven years. At 57 years of age, Carole found Freda who was then 83. Carole wrote her mother a letter which included the following: