They couldn't believe it...
Family secrets keep family histories interesting. Elders aren’t keeping certain things hidden to spice up their family’s biography though. In efforts to keep a member out of prison, keep a sacred relationship afloat, or spear the family image, families will probably never stop feeling the need to bury certain happenings and facts.
As with anything that should be kept mum, in order to keep a secret within a family, it’s essential not to tell anyone who might let the secret slip. Well, someone messed up when they told these Redditors.
These Reddit users grew up, learned their family’s deepest, darkest, strangest secrets, and now they can’t keep them to themselves. This is probably why no one wanted to tell them in the first place. That shouldn’t stop you from reading though… Have fun!
We had a cockroach problem when I was a kid. We kept putting down traps, spraying crap around the house, never could figure out where they were coming from.
Time rolls around, they decide I need a new mattress for my waterbed. We drain it, my dad goes to pull up the mattress, and starts loudly freaking out. Now, I was in a separate room, so they thought I didn’t hear…but the roach nest was under my waterbed mattress. It had a pinhole leak which created the perfect environment, apparently.
Since I wasn’t in the room, all I was told is that something went wrong when he was draining it and water sprayed everywhere, but I heard them talking quietly about how THAT must be why I had so many sleeping problems, having cockroaches crawling on me while I was asleep. (Sevon42)
The Second Husband
My brother and I learned as young kids that our mom was married before meeting our dad. Her husband died in Vietnam or something military related. She was only 21. It blew our minds that we may not have existed. I now see why we were not told about this. It also explains the mysterious birthday cards we received from “grandma’s neighbor” who was actually the mother of the deceased. (dantooine1977)
A Real Cinderella
My grandmother was the illegitimate daughter of a state assemblyman. I thought that was almost kind of cool, until I found out that he marked her as dead on her birth certificate, and likely never acknowledged her. Until her mother and sisters were killed, probably in a flu epidemic.
Then, he took her into his home where she worked as a maid for he, his cruel wife, and their children until she met my grandfather at a barn dance and could finally leave the house. She was the sweetest most generous small-town lady out there. I would never have known she had a difficult life in her youth.
She never talked about it, and I don’t think even her own children knew the whole story until she was in her nineties and genealogy became a hobby for someone in the extended family. I sure do miss her. (HobGadlingson)