Knowing where we come from helps a lot in understanding where we wish to be. This story is proof of just that.
Many people want to be like their parents and want to know everything about their lineage. Knowing your roots can help you decide where you wish to be. In this story shared by a grandmother, u/False-Worldliness664, on Reddit, she talks about how she inadvertently ended up spilling her son's secret to her granddaughter, only with the purest intention of helping her.
The grandmother begins the story and says it revolves around her granddaughter, Lindsey. The 15-year-old is a middle child. Since Lindsey was born when the family lived too far from the grandparents, they didn't think much about her birth. However, she looks drastically different from her older as well as younger siblings. The grandmother mentions her confusion and says, "I truly was confused how she had blond curly hair while the rest of the family has dark hair." However, she blamed it on genetics since she loves her granddaughter.
However, things started to seem fishy when Lindsey told her grandmother that her parents had strictly prohibited her from getting an ancestry test. On being asked if there was anything suspicious around Lindsey and her birth, her son and daughter-in-law simply denied it and asked the grandma to stay away from the matter. Lindsey is in high school. There, she reached out to her biology teacher who straight-up told her that the fact she had such different traits from the rest of her family was quite strange.
That's when she decided to reach out to her grandmother. She asked her grandma to buy her a DNA test since she needed to know. The grandmother obliged and that's how they came to know that Lindsey wasn't her mother's kid. The son had Lindsey with someone else who decided to give her up after her birth. Her grandma said, "This has blown up the family. While Lindsey is pissed about being lied to, I am getting a ton of heat for getting her a DNA test." She continues, "Now, they won’t talk to me which is making Lindsey even more mad at them."
However, the comments section doesn't resonate with the feelings of the family. u/Shake_Speare423 said, "Your son and his wife suck for lying to her until she is 15 about something so important and trying to keep lying to her even after she started to question things. There are medical reasons a person might need to know what their genetics are/are not and if you hadn’t helped her she would have found out some other way. At least this way she knows she has one friend and ally who will be honest with her. Take care of each other during this difficult time." Another reader, u/Adventurous_Image793, shared a personal story and commented, "My brother was adopted. He never needed to know his genetics. His adoption story was his bedtime story. He was never curious to meet his biological parents. The only mistake I see here is the parents hiding the truth."