Jordan Dickerson and Robin Jeter lived in the same city for 17 years and never knew they were sisters, even after they met at a track meet where friends commented on how much they looked alike.
Then on Jan. 9, the two teens went to the same track meet.
“My team was like, ‘She looks just like you,’ ” Jordan said. The two talked briefly at the meet, and once Jordan found out Robin’s last name, she started crying.
“I had already known about my adoption, and I knew my last name was Robin,” Jordan said. That night, the two girls, separated in age by about nine months, talked on the phone and attempted to reconstruct the previous 17 years.
“I asked her: ‘What’s your mother’s name on your birth certificate? What’s your birthday? What does your birth certificate say at the bottom?” Robin said.
Jordan laughed as she recounted that conversation.
“I was like, ‘What is this, an interrogation?’” Jordan said.
It was, but it resulted in an amazing discovery. After all these years, these look-alikes were indeed sisters.
“I was so anxious to know more about her: Where did she go to school? How old was she? What is she like?” Jordan said.
They’re a lot alike actually: Same shoe size, same double jointed thumbs. They even sound alike.
“People can’t even tell us apart on the phone,” Robin said. “We’re always just playing around with people on the phone.”
The reunion almost didn’t happen. Jordan decided to try out for the track team only to stay in shape.
“If I wouldn’t have, I would have never met her,” Jordan said. “I’m so thankful I joined track.”
They both acknowledge their relationship is in the honeymoon stage and that they have more serious days and more serious issues ahead. They are two of several separated brothers and sisters. So far, four have been found, and they want to look together for more.
“At first, I didn’t know I had any siblings,” Robin said. “As time went on, I only knew I had one sibling. I didn’t know I had any more.” Until they find more, the sisters go to each other’s houses each weekend, laugh at childhood photographs, and talk and talk and talk.
“It’s been so long I just feel like I’ll never be apart from her,” Jordan said.