Tony Trapani almost lived his entire life without knowing he was a father.
Now 81, Trapani was just reunited with his long-lost son after finding a letter while sorting through his deceased wife’s possessions.
He was cleaning out an old filing cabinet when a letter from 1959 surfaced — it was from a woman in Pennsylvania. The letter was addressed to Trapani and was meant to inform him that he had a five-year-old son, Samuel Childress.
Trapani says that he tried having kids with his wife for years, but she ultimately was unable to conceive. He believes the idea of a baby by another woman was too much to bear for his wife, which may explain why she kept the news a secret.
On Sunday, they met for the first time in a very emotional reunion.
Childress told FOX 17 he knew his mother sent the letter, but assumed his father just wasn’t interested in being a part of his life.
According to Trapani, getting to know his son is far more significant than trying to figure out his wife’s motives.
“Why my wife didn’t tell me, I don’t know. He’s my full son that I’ve had my whole life, but why my wife hid that letter is beyond me,” he said.