Tony Trapani was just cleaning his cabinet when he found something that took him by surprise.
The 82-year-old man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, discovered a 50-year-old letter from a woman who gave birth to a child he knew nothing about.
His son, Samuel Childress, who was only 5 years old when the letter was written, is now 62 and is residing in Pennsylvania.
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Trapani believed that the letter was hidden by his late wife because she felt bad for herself for being unable to bear a child. Although he understood why she did it, Trapani couldn’t help but get angry.
Just like his father, Childress was overcome with emotions when he finally met the man whom he thought abandoned him.
The letter, which was written in 1959, 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 in November 14th, 1953.”
Because she did not receive any word from Trapani, Childress’s mom assumed that his father did not want to know anything about his son. But Childress would still often ask her how his father looked like, to which she responded, “Well, go look in the mirror.”
The newly reunited father and son thought about getting a paternity test just to be sure everything was for real.