Last weekend Paul went ice fishing with Darryl. (Yes, it was still cold enough here despite the calendar saying something about spring).
Paul and Darryl talked about fatherhood. Usually when the guys go out on the ice, they talk about nothing even if they are gone for the whole weekend. There is never any interesting gossip to share. Unlike getting together with a group of women which usually includes emotions, crying, and gossip galore.
Darryl told Paul that he was working on his will. Darryl wants Paul to be the executor of his will. Paul told him that he didn’t have to worry about giving us anything. After all, he isn’t Darryl’s real son and his mother is gone now.
Darryl has two sons. He kept his landline for years just in case they called. After Martha passed, Darryl was in rough shape. He really wanted to contact his estranged sons but didn’t have a way. I was able to find one of the sons on Facebook and told him to give his dad a call. Both sons called, but didn’t attend the funeral or even send a card. That was really upsetting to Darryl.
I always thought that Darryl would’ve been a great father. His ex-wife left him and moved out of state with their two boys when they were little. She was bitter and poisoned their minds against their father. He had the boys every summer for a few weeks. They were always trouble. They would steal money that wasn’t hidden away. They got in trouble for shoplifting. Both boys spent half of their adult lives in prison.
Martha always had that over Darryl. Look at your sons in prison while my son got an MBA and started a business.
So it went on for many years…Darryl wanting his sons…a father without his sons…Paul wanting a father…a boy without a father..
Too bad Darryl came along after Paul grew up.
Darryl told Paul that he was a wonderful father for never having a father
Then the conversation turned to the identity of his real father. Darryl thought that Paul’s brief step-dad in early childhood was his father..
How can you be married to someone over 20 years and not know the identity of their child’s father??
I found that shocking. Wouldn’t you?? I guess that secret has been buried with Martha.
I asked Paul if he ever wanted to find his bio dad. Now would be the day and age to do it..We only have snippets of info to go on..his name was legally omitted from the birth certificate…but we have an approximate age…69…last name Wilson…no first name, just initials…in a Chicago motorcycle gang…from somewhere else…Kentucky or Tennessee…red hair…green eyes…
He may have died in Vietnam…he may have tried to steal Paul…he wasn’t interested at all in being a dad…the same conflicting stories told over and over that never made any sense.
Is any of it real??
I admit to being a little curious over the years, but Paul never wanted to know.
Sometimes, I google variations of the name on Facebook or online. Is that your father?? Is that your dad?? Sometimes the temptation to open Pandora’s box is rather great for me…But I can see that the problem with opening that box is the risk of knowing what is inside..We can’t unknow things after they are known..but sometimes, just sometimes, I want to peak inside..
Maybe I am looking for the wrong things…
Am I blind to what is right in front of me??
I should focus on the here and now without looking back…appreciate the man with strong wings to fly alone…and not look for hidden roots…
Maybe some things are better left buried…hidden in the past…forgotten forever..