1.10.2011

family secrets.


Last night, I sat with Gabriel's two dimple-faced nephews, ages 5 and 7, while they looked at old photos. They giggled as they called out names of puppies, cousins and friends. After a while, a photo of a sweet baby girl opening a present popped up.

That's...Uncle Gabe's kid.

What.

That's Uncle Gabe's kid, he said again.

Oh my. I will not recount what my mind did for the next two hours, as I, unable to corner Gabe away from family, was left to wonder if the mouth of a babe had just revealed some secret left unshared. If only you could have heard Gabe's laughter when I trapped him hours later to ask him if he'd hidden a child from me. He, riddled with laughs, explained that he was definitely not a father. I was embarrassed to say the least, and shrugged off his hugs. I wasn't quite ready to laugh at the incident last night.

Okay, this morning I am willing to admit: It was pretty funny.

A note to those wondering: Do not fear. It was his friend's kiddo who had been around that day. I should have figured this out as the boys stumbled over the identification, and there was one photo of the babe out of hundreds...but you know how minds work in panic mode. Scary for a moment...but funny for a lifetime. :)

14 comments:

  1. Do not fear...it was his friends kid who had been around that day. I should have figured this out as there was one photo of the babe out of hundreds...but you know how minds work in panic mode. Scary for a moment...but funny for a lifetime. :)

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  2. I seem to think I would have the exact same reaction as you Bethany!

    That time where your mind was racing must have been awful so it is good that you can now laugh at it, after a complete shock!
    xx

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  3. What a bad couple of hours for you - but pretty funny in retrospect.

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  4. Hahah that's funny! I would have done the same thing!

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  5. I saw Michael in a picture with a little one and the same thought crossed my mind. I think I went through 50 different emotions in 1 second!

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  6. This just made my day! Thank you!

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  7. Haha, that's funny! I mean, totally terrifying at the time, but now..... My family has some weird stuff that no one ever talks about (one thing I didn't even know until I was 20 years old!). I don't blame you for questioning. At least he took it well!

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  8. True story: My uncle had a little girl that he didnt tell anyone about until she was at least 3. She is now a huge part of the family (age 11) but do know that we as a family didnt know her for the first three years of her life really hit the family hard.

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  9. Okay, whew! You had me worried for a second there!

    So... did they love you? Did you love them?

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  10. Omg, my heart! I would have died! I've definitely had those sort of moments (or hours) where you are thinking the worst and don't have access to the truth. It's the worst! Um, so I'm glad Gabe isn't a creepo secret dad. That's great news :)

    Hope you're having fun and can relax! Did you name that baby ummm animal yet?? I forget what it is...goats maybe?

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  11. this one totally freaked me out Bethany. Thank God it wasn't true...you must have had quite the scare!

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  12. ha ha ha! I had some similar scenarios with my beloved when we were dating. :) It's nice to get to the bottom of things and calm one's over-active imagination. :) Kelly

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