Long story as short as I can make it:
As a senior in high school, my dad had a girlfriend. She got pregnant. Since this was the late 60s in a fairly conservative town, she went to live with relatives in the country until she had the baby. My dad saw her and the baby (a boy) just one time, and never heard from or saw them again.
My dad told me this story years ago (I think I was in high school). (He was very careful to leave out names, dates, and other pertinent details.) The strange part is that he didn’t tell my older brothers - just me. So, for almost ten years I have known that, somewhere in the world, we have an older half-brother.
Just a few days ago, my mom and I were talking about my dad and how weird he is about relationships (my parents separated in 1993), and she mentioned that he had only had one girlfriend prior to meeting her. And then she told me the girl’s name - first and last. She asked me if I knew the whole story about dad and “Patty.” I said I did, and then she asked me the same question again, emphasizing “the entire story?” When I confirmed that yes, I knew about the baby, she left it at that.
So now, almost ten yeras after hearing the original story, I have some information to work with, should I so choose. I have always been curious as to who this other person is - how’d he grow up, what did he do with his life, etc. This curiosity was heightened after one of my brothers died unexpectedly last fall.
Does anyone here have any experience with something like this? Did you choose to seek this person out? If so, how did you go about doing it? A quick Yahoo people search shows six people with the girl’s last name in the town where this all started, one of which is listed only with initials that match hers. Do you send a letter? Call? Email? Help me out here.