So you’ve got a family secret. Now what?
Family secrets have a way of popping up when least expected. An overheard comment between your parents or the discovery of an old document or faded photo can open a door into your past that leaves you shocked, bewildered, or even angry.
Some years ago family secret first appeared as a voicemail from an aunt who told me that my father wasn’t the man he claimed to be. She promised to drop written proof in the mail, and no, I didn’t need to thank her for all this.
Thank her? I wanted to strangle her for turning my life inside out.
Now that I was the owner of a family secret, what was I to do with it? Tell everyone in the family, or pretend I never got my aunt’s message.
I decided that my way of dealing with this revelation was to write about it. I was a writer, so this was logical, right?
Right and wrong. My decision touched family nerves and went down dead-end trails as I researched my father’s past. But I was determined to forge ahead.
Please join me on my journey to find the answers and reveal my family secret in my work-in-progress.
I welcome your comments and your family secrets too. How was your life changed by the secret? How did you deal with it?
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