This is me at about age 10 or so.
This is the man I grew up believing he was my step father. There is significant reason to believe he is my biological father.
Pictures of me as a child and adult, along with pictures of my 'step' father. He was Daddy to me. I will never understand why secrets are so important to keep. Secrets always come out, and when the truth comes out, feelings are hurt ...far less than if truth be told from the start.
In my case ... the secret kept me from
having my Daddy, be DADDY ... step siblings I adore that are more than likely half siblings ...and most of all ... I could have had his name.
It forced contact with a man who not only rejected me at the start, but continues to reject to this day.
The wounds that could have been prevented if only the truth was told, amazes me.