They couldn't believe it...
A New Family
My grandfather I grew up with was not my biological grandfather. I learned this in my early thirties after he had passed. My grandmother told me the night of his wake that he never got over his anger at the Catholic Church for refusing to marry them since she had already been married once. When I responded, “Wait, what?” She replied, “Oh, you didn’t know that papa wasn’t your biological grandfather? I guess you just learned something about yourself today!”
I learned just two months ago that grandma’s first husband also was not my biological grandfather. My mother was actually the product of an affair. I learned that one via an ancestry.com DNA test. My biological grandfather and uncle coincidentally took the test as well, and popped up as “closely related.”
My new uncle then contacted me, thinking he had solved a different family mystery of his own (another story altogether), and I asked my mom if she knew anything about the family. When my mom asked my grandma (my mom didn’t know this either), my grandma spilled the beans.
My biological grandfather also didn’t know. He’s an interesting guy, my biological uncle is very nice, and everyone is now cool with it. My mom is going to talk with her newly found brother next weekend. (PM_WHAT_U_GOT)
A Single Twin
I remember one afternoon, I went to have a chat with my mom. I asked if she had any funny stories to tell me. She says,”No… not really! Oh, there is one thing. You were supposed to be a twin but your sister didn’t make it.”
She told me to ask my sister, grandma, or brother if I didn’t believe her. I did and they all confirmed. I was 17 at the time and had no clue! (u_sure_bout_dat_tho)
Leaving Them Behind
My grandfather had an affair with an English woman back in 1941, when he went to study there, and fathered a daughter with her. He left them both and came back home.
18 years after his death, my aunt, grandmother and mother found out about it after my aunt saw the daughter in a picture. They contacted her and both parties shared their connection to my grandfather. She says he left her and the mother, and didn’t even try to contact them again. Really sad story because I looked up to my grandad, and this really dampened his image in my eyes. (spidey_on_da_rol)