Has anyone discovered a secret their parents kept from them all their life?
My mom passed away in 1981. Life continued and we all got older. And then, I don't remember when, sometime after 2001, I think, my sister called and asked me if I had ever known of Mama living in Texas. To my knowledge, Mama had never even been to Texas. We soon found out just how wrong we were.
Mother moved to Jacksonville in the later forties. The son of the doctor from her hometown in Georgia visited her on several occasions. .Mother was living in a rooming house at the time and I was in touch with one of the ladies who knew her at that time. They had kept in touch. Anyway, Mother got pregnant and moved to someplace in Texas until the baby was born. The baby boy was immediately whisked away and adopted by a couple from California. My mother returned to Jacksonville, met and married my father. They remained married until her death.
Apparently, that ‘baby' was all grown up and hired someone to track down his birth mother. Because of the work in which my sister was involved, my mother's maiden name, the name under which she gave birth to this child, was a part of some record that the people who were trying to track down this man's birth mother looked at.
It was a real shock to my family. My dad had no idea that my mother had a child before meeting him. The only person who did know and was sworn to secrecy because of his position was our family doctor who happened to be my second or third cousin on my father's side.
Of course, I had spent half my life as a child asking for a baby brother, but this was not what I had in mind.