Skeletons in The Closet!
Have you ever learned a long lost family secret? Some of them go to the grave with those involved but others surface unexpectedly. As children, probably grown-up secrets are kept hidden but as adults, sometimes we are let into a world we never knew existed. Here are a few I have heard over the years, often from elderly people who wanted someone to talk to.
This is from many years ago. An elderly lady told me her brother had been in a mixed marriage (that is the partners were different religions). In those days, people could not commute to work as they do now. The husband worked in the city and stayed in "rooms" during the week, going home at the weekend to his wife and child who stayed in a little country town, with her aunt. One week, the wife wasn't very well but the husband still had to go to work, and he left her in the care of her aunt. When he came home at the weekend, he found his wife had died and been buried and the aunt had run off with the child after having her baptised into the aunt's religion. The child was never found. The man died in World WarII.
An elderly lady died and on the day of her funeral, her three adult children met their elder brother for the first time. They had always known this man, he had often visited their house but they had never known that he was their elder brother.
An elderly man lived with his mother and ran a shop. He had been married but his wife had left him, gossip had it that the mother kept trying to run his life and his wife couldn't stick it. When he died, an unknown man turned up at the funeral - his son. It turned out that the elderly man had fathered a love child in Germany during or just after WWII and had kept in touch with the mother. It was for this reason that his wife had left him.
A girl in school said she was the eldest child in the family but another girl told her that she had had an elder brother who had died. The girl went home to ask her parents and learned a very sad story. Her mother had had a little boy and when she came home from the hospital put the baby upstairs in the crib. While she was downstairs, the next door child of four years old came into their house and picked the new baby up, thinking he was a doll but carried him downstairs by one foot. He sat on the outside doorstep nursing his "doll" until it was realised what had happened. That child's family moved away but I wonder if that boy was ever told of what happened?
Do you know of any old secrets?
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