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After 50 years of marriage, Tony Tripani lost his beloved wife. And the loss was more than he knew how to handle. Because they had been united for so long, he had come to rely on her for everything. And at the age of 80, he had no one else to turn to. He had to look within himself for the courage to move on. But all he could find was a deep emptiness that his wife used to fill. He couldn’t figure out how to make himself feel any better. So he did the only thing he could. He started to clear out the old cabinets and sort through his wife’s old belongings. But as he did, he discovered a secret letter that he never knew she had written. And it changed everything he thought he knew about her.
While clearing out the cabinets, he found a letter way in the back. She had hid it years ago. And then he looked closer. It was a letter addressed to him from another woman. She must have hidden it from him when they first got married.
Tony opened the letter and read the first lies. He was stunned. It had come from a girl he dated when he was in his 20s and her name was Shirley. But the letter was 56 years old.
In the letter, Shirley revealed that she always thought about Tony. But that wasn’t the only thing that she said in the letter.
She reveals that she has a son named Samuel. And then she tells Tony that Samuel is his son.
Tony had no idea. He was shocked. His son was now 61 years old and he never knew. He was simultaneously surprised and angry that his wife would hide this from him. And then his heart broke when he realized that his wife had kept the letter hidden because she was unable to conceive herself.
“Why my wife didn’t tell me, I don’t know,” he told Fox17. “She anted children. She couldn’t have any. She tried and tried.”
Although he loves his late wife, he can’t help but wonder why she would hide the truth like that.
“He’s my son that I’ve had my whole life, but why my wife hid that letter is beyond me.”
After the initial shock went away, Tony realized that his life wasn’t over. Now he could go search for his long-lost son and try to forge a relationship. But would he have any luck?
Tony turned to Facebook to look for his son, Samuel. And as luck would have it, he found him.
The two scheduled a reunion and according to Metro, it was very emotional. What’s even sadder is that Samuel had through his father didn’t want anything to do with him his whole life. Little did he know that his father simply didn’t know about him.
Even as 80-year-old Tony’s life seemed to be nearing its end, a new beginning opened up. Life is just full of surprises.
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