As long as there’s love, the bond between a mother and son can never be broken. Even if they no longer live in the same place or they haven’t seen each other in years, the connection will always be there. But sometimes, mothers will make a tough decision, like giving up their child in the hopes that they’ll have a better life. But what happens to that child who spends most of his life wondering if their mom is out there somewhere? No one understands what that’s like better than Nobue Ouchi of Shizuoka, Japan, and a man named Bruce, who never stopped wondering about each other.
When Nobue Ouchi was 19, she met an American military soldier and the two quickly fell in love.
They talked about getting married, but the soldier was sent back to South Carolina, where he lived. A few months later he reached out to her but she didn’t trust him and shunned him, but the only problem was, she was pregnant.
Nobue gave birth to a baby boy, and her father, a local fisherman, wanted to help his family out.
However, she knew that raising a biracial child in the small Japanese village she lived in would be very difficult. That’s when she decided to put her son up for adoption. Fortunately, Edward and Eleanor Hollywood were in Japan and they were part of the United States Air Force.
They were more than happy to adopt Nobue’s child and they decided to name him Bruce.
“I always knew I was adopted because I had Asian features and my father was an Irishman and my mother was a Norwegian lady,” explained Bruce. Bruce grew up knowing that he was a very special individual in the eyes of his adoptive parents.
Bruce grew up in a loving and supportive environment, but he thought about his mother.
He hoped to return to Japan to find his birth mother. His adoptive parents told him that his mother’s name was Nobue and they even offered to pay to send him to Japan so he could continue his search for her, but he decided that this just wasn’t in the cards for him.
In 2005, Bruce suffered a heart attack while he was on his way to work at the United States Pentagon.
While in the ambulance on the way to Walter Reed Army Hospital, Bruce thought about his mom. He was filled with regret about not finding her. He wanted to thank her because her difficult choice gave him a wonderful life. “I lived the best life ever. I’m a colonel in the United States Air Force. I’ve got beautiful children. Life is really good,” Bruce imagined telling his mother. After he recovered, Bruce sent all that he knew about Nobue to the Japanese Embassy.