Christina Fairley, facing camera, hugs her sister Mimi Schuppler for the first time in more than a year outside Fairley’s West Seattle home in late April. Their brother, Tony Chung of Bellevue, looks on from behind. After Fairley and Chung’s second vaccinations, Schuppler traveled from Austria, quarantined and tested. The siblings reunited in Fairley’s front yard, played with her son Lachlan, 6, and caught up over a dinner. “It was a mix of joy and relief to be reunited with my sister and brother,” Fairley said. “I’ve so missed our family time and to finally be together brought such joy. What I wasn’t expecting was the sense of relief I experienced. It’s been a long year of being apart and worrying about the health of my family. To reach this point where it feels like we’re coming out the other side fairly unscathed was like the release of a long breath I didn’t know I was even holding.” (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Christina Fairley, facing camera, hugs her sister Mimi Schuppler for the first time in more than a year outside Fairley’s West Seattle home. Their brother, Tony Chung of Bellevue, looks on from behind. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
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