My sperm donor - Paul Wesley Brooke (aka Wes)- was pretty much a forbidden topic all throughout my life and for whatever her reason my mother chose to lie to me about him from the time I was 13 or so. And her dad - Harry L Higgins - was persona non-grata in the Higgins clan because my grandmother Sheila - who raised me for 9.5 years - was not particularly popular with the Higgins clan. My grandmother hated Paul. I have since found out why. More on that later.
Why even bring this stuff up? There's a TV show on NBC called Who Do You Think You Are wherein celebrities trace their roots. I stumbled across it and became a fan. I think it's important a family know it's roots.
I spent some time a couple of years ago looking for info about We. What I discovered wasn't particularly shocking other than the lies my mother perpetuated until her death. This guy was so bad his own family - the Brooke family -will not speak to me. His nephews - my first cousins - have both blocked me on facebook and one stated that because of Wes's "troubles" they simply couldn't be bothered. Fortunately one of their nephews married a nice lady that went to Ancestry.com and developed a lot of their family history so it is available for me to pass on to my kids and grandkids. I always knew there was more to the story as every birthday and Christmas up througfh my HS graduation I received a gift from a mysterious Grandma Grace. And when I was about 13 I had to spend an entire day with a mysterious aunt and her family. Guess I didn't make much of an impression as that was the last time I ever heard from her. She supposedly stayed in touch with my mom but who knows.
So Wes old pal - I assume it's hot where you are but this one's for you. Everything I am I owe to to not giving in to the dark side you gave me. You spent your life in jail and hated by your family. I now know why my dark side exists but you lose buddy. I won.
That takes the sting out of the McConvey clan member that was so excited to find a McConvey in Texas that he emailed me and started up a conversation a number of years ago. After a couple of emails when I mentioned I was an adopted McConvey I was politely told to not bother him again. I hope he is still enjoying success in his cleaning business in Belfast. I'm still entitled to call myself Irish though as the O'Higgins clan emigrated to the states and ended up in New Mexico. Somewhere along the way they lost the O' - perhaps Indians stole it in a raid on their stagecoach business.
Chapter II tomorrow. This is proving to be cathartic.