Children on Reddit were asked: "Has anyone found out anything about their parents they'd rather not know?" These are some of the best answers.
1. Finding out your entire childhood has been a lie
I grew up being told by my family that my mother abandoned me. I later found out that my father kidnapped me from her. We were on the run the entire time I was in elementary school. I never had a stable set of friends at that time because I went to a different school every year. I slept in bunk beds with my dad growing up in a one bedroom apartment. I was 18 when my mother's private investigator found me and I learned the real story.
2. Some things are meant to stay family secrets
I caught my mother with her own older brother. I have never shared this with anyone in my life. Stirred up all those memories that haunted me for 3 years when I was a teen, till the time I moved away to college.
3. This is a tough one
Even though my parents are separated and seemingly hate each other, my dad is still clearly in love with my mom, and no matter how much my dad pushes her away, my mom is subconsciously open to the idea of getting him back. My dad however, has a pride issue, and is incapable of admitting his love for my mom, incapable of acting on it, or sacrificing for it.
I regret learning this and I don't. The reason I regret learning this is because now I look at the two of them differently. And I hate the fact that I see my dad for who he is. A guy who is completely miserable without my mom. He's a functioning addict (weed and alcohol), and its clear as day that his only cure is getting my mom back. At the same time I don't regret learning this, because its what got me back together with my girlfriend. I realized that I too have an ego/pride issue, and that I was still in love with my girlfriend, but incapable of admitting it, acting on it, or sacrificing for it. Once I realized how [odd] I was being, it all hit me. I needed Lyndsey back. And now all is right in the world.
My parents have always been separated while I was growing up, and the idea of them being together sounds grotesque to me. But they've both been single for the longest time, and really they only need to put their pride aside and be happy together.
4. Frankly, this should be illegal
Whenever my mother found a stray cat, she would take it in, feed it for a week or so, then one day I would get home from school and it would be gone. She told me that someone had come to pick it up. This happened about nine or ten times before I found out what really happened. I got home from school early one day, and heard noises from the bathroom. I went in and saw my mother drowning a cat in the bathtub. She had been doing this to every cat we had taken in. Once the cats were drowned, she would cut them up a bury them in the garden.
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