A Likely Story
There was once a young man, let's call him 'N' who met a beautiful woman - 'M' & their brief encounter was a most passionate one.
She made him feel (for the first time in his life) genuinely respected & accepted for who he was & what his aspirations were.
Before long, she became pregnant, & not long after that, the word marriage came up. But (while completely happy to stand by her & the baby) he was only 22 - far too young, restless & full of ambition to get 'so tied down'
After some heated & sometimes tearful arguments, followed by a month of no contact whatsoever, she phoned & asked to see him, because she had 'something very important to tell him.'
She said that she'd miscarried their baby, but she was 'ok now' & that there would be no hard feelings. She had been offered a job (which she had accepted) & was leaving for Aberdeen, Scotland to start what she hoped would be a new life.
In tears & with a warm embrace, they amicably parted.
18 years later, he's on social media, when he gets added - 4 times (because he declined the first 3 adds) from someone he perceives as an unbelievably pretty 17-year-old girl.
It's only after her Mum (who he eventually recognises) asks him to accept her daughter 'S' that he does so, because her mother - is his lover 'M' - from 18 years before, & he finds out soon after, that the unbelievably pretty young girl - is his own daughter.
Eventually & very enthusiastically, 'N' got to meet his daughter, her mother, her stepfather & half-brothers.
'M' apologises for the lie, & for all those years of hiding the truth, but far from being angry, 'N' (who is himself now married) is delighted & proud as punch.
Having just become a father to a beautiful son almost 2 years earlier, now he finds confirmation of what he has somehow always known - that there was someone else . . . his beautiful daughter.
He wasn't angry at all - he was ecstatic, & wanted to 'shout it from the roof-tops' but he knew that he couldn't.
His daughter, the unbelievably pretty young girl turns out to be one of the most amazing, talented & compassionate people he's ever met - he loves her completely, & her (totally forgiven) mother becomes his lifelong friend.
'S' is now 31-years old, but every bit as beautiful & has very a handsome little son of her own. I'm sure he'll turn out to be gentle, caring & brilliant like his Mum.
'N' couldn't 'shout it from the roof-tops' because he knew, after a lifetime of mental abuse from most of his family of origin, the way they've always been towards his wife, his life, his career choice & even his young son, that there's just no way he could ever let them come into contact with his daughter 'S' - especially now that (after a number of years) she has become involved in his work, which they have always been diametrically opposed to.
Do you believe this story?
Whether you do or not is irrelevant - but there is actually a moral to this likely story . . . . that we should be careful how we treat others in this life, because it can have life-long consequences.
Cheers & God bless!