81-y-o Grand Rapids resident, Tony Trapani, found a letter that changed his life forever.
After his wife passed away, Tony was cleaning out one of her old filing cabinets when he came across a hand-written letter. It was a message believed to have been hidden by his wife for decades. In part, it read: “I have a little boy. He is five years old now. What I’m trying to say Tony is he is your son. He was born November 13th, 1953.”
The letter was sent by the child’s mother back in 1959, more than 50 years ago, telling him of his then 5-year-old son. That man, Samuel Childress, is now 61-years old.
The father and son met for the first time in January 2015. And Trapani said he now feels like a new dad.
Childress indicated that his mother told him that she had sent the letter, but figured his father was ignoring him. And Trapani claims that his wife at the time intercepted the letter and hid it in a filing cabinet for decades while the couple couldn’t conceive a child on their own.
“Why my wife didn’t tell me,” said Trapani. “I don’t know. She wanted children. She couldn’t have any. She tried and tried.”
Childress said that while growing up, it was his understanding that his father got the letter, but didn’t want anything to do with him. He grew up in Pennsylvania, and meeting his father was just a distant thought.
“Just to know him now is so important to me. It’s going to fill that void,” he said.
Father and son are now catching up on a lifetime of memories, making the most out of the time they have left, knowing they can’t go back in time or dwell on the secret that kept them apart for so long.
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