Damn. Eighty-one-year-old Tony Trapani just met his son for the first time this week in Grand Rapids, Mich. He only just discovered he even had a son after cleaning out a filing cabinet left behind by his late wife, whom he claims hid the letter from him for more than 50 years.
The letter was sent to Trapani in 1959 by the mother of Samuel Childress, his son. "I have a little boy," the letter reads. "He is five years old now. What I'm trying to say Tony is he is your son. He was born November 14th, 1953."
"Why my wife didn't tell me," he told the TV station. "I don't know. She wanted children. She couldn't have any. She tried and tried."
Childress, 61, told WXMI that he had grown up thinking his father had abandoned him. :(
"I always asked my mom, I said, 'Well what does he look like?'" he told the TV station. "She said, 'Well, go look in the mirror.'"