The kind of sadness that ensues when one partner dies after 50 years of marriage cannot be described. "What should I do now?" Is a question that certainly many elderly find themselves asking.
When 80-year-old Tony Tripani's wife passed away after 50 years of marriage, his emptiness was overwhelming. At age 80, he found himself devastated and alone.
But following his wife's death, Tony discovered a hidden letter which would reveal a secret that changed everything.
When Tony's wife passed away, he began, with a heavy heart, to clear their home of her personal belongings. Then, hidden far in a cabinet, he discovered something he was not prepared for - a letter, addressed to him from another woman, he told British paper Metro.
When Tony opened the letter and read the first lines, he was shocked. The letter was 56-years-old and written by a woman Tony had dated in his 20s named Shirley.
Shirley wrote that she often thought of Tony, but that wasn't the most shocking part. Further down in the letter, she revealed that she has a son called Samuel, and that Tony was the father.
Tony was utterly shocked. He'd just discovered that he had a son for 61 years without being aware, and he realized that his wife hid the letter because she was unable to conceive children of her own.
Trapani told Fox17, "Why my wife didn’t tell me, I don’t know. She wanted children. She couldn’t have any. She tried and tried."
"He’s my son that I’ve had my whole life, but why my wife hid that letter is beyond me," he added.
When the shock had subsided, Tony's life had new meaning: he would try to find his son.
After searching at length, Tony found his son using Facebook. According to Metro, the reunion was understandably emotional - especially since the son had believed his father had had wanted nothing to do with him all those years!
This story shows that life can offer us incredible twists and turns when we least expect them! 81-year-old Tony's life suddenly had new meaning - please share if you were also touched by his incredible fate.