Chapter 19 Epilogue

I can’t believe how much time has passed by since the day I confronted Mom and Dad with my birth certificate.  For a while I thought that I was going to be the cause of Mom and Dad splitting up.  Then Mom went and surprised Dad with that secret get away to the South Carolina coast.

It’s been over a year now and things couldn’t be better.  I met a boy at school and he has become my best friend.  We spend so much time together I can’t remember what I did before I knew him.  I have told him a little about my life but not everything.  I think that some things just need to wait for a while.  By the way I am now in college studying to become an actress.  I guess being born with two parents in the biz that I was blessed with those types of genes or something.

Speaking of blessed when Mom told Dad about the baby I thought he would fly to the moon.  It is funny about the surprises that life holds in store.  Mom was getting worried because she just seemed to get bigger and bigger.  She went in for three ultra sounds so see what was going on.  Each time she was told that the baby was a girl and everything was fine.

It sure surprised Mom when a little boy was born.  It surprised the doctors too.  Mom said that I could name him so I decided that he should be called Jason Brian after my brother and Dad.  I guess having secrets was something that ran in the family including babies, because about ten minutes after Jason was born my Mom had another baby.  This time the baby was a little girl.  That explained the ultra sounds.  Baby Brother was hiding.

Mom let me name the little girl also.  I named her Sarah Marie after Grandma Amelia and me.  I thought that Mom was never going to stop crying when I came up with that name.  We are going to call her Marie though.  Mom and Dad both agreed that one Sarah in the family was enough.  While I am still called Christy they sometimes think of me as Sarah as well.  I guess it is something like a split personality or something.

Sometimes I feel like I am two different people.  I am little Baby Sarah that brought joy to a loving couple when they adopted me.  Then there is Christy.  Christy is the real me.  She is the person that I have grown up being.

Which reminds me; it took Mom a while to come to grips with the fact that I really was her daughter but when she did she did it with gusto.  She contacted a lawyer outside the family and took all the information to him that she had about me.  It took them a couple months to sort through all the tangled webs of our lives but they finally accomplished it.

About a month ago we went to court.  Mom was finally able to acknowledge that she was my birth mother and we became a real family.  I changed my name a little though.  It is now Sarah Christy Elizabeth D. R. Douglas.  I am still called Christy like I said earlier.  I know my new name sounds like it could be in a soap opera but I had to acknowledge in some way all the different parts of me.  The D stands for Daniels and the R stands for Richardson.  The name change was my little secret surprise for Mom.  I thought that she would never quit crying when she saw the way I had changed my name.  It really felt good though to be able to do that.

Mom and Dad have their lives back on track.  They have been adjusting to the twins and Jimmy has been having a blast playing with them.  He keeps asking Mom when she is going to have another baby.  I don’t think that she will be.  She keeps saying that two at one time is enough and she has no desire to tempt fate.  I think she is worried that she might have more than two the next time.

Well, I guess it is now time to tell you about my inheritance.  I have decided to continue letting Grandpa Richardson handle it.  We kind of kept it a secret that I was Jack McCann’s mystery child.  Although; there was a small article in the New York Times not too long ago all about the mystery child.  I kept a copy of the article because I thought it was neat.

This is a brief update on that mystery child acknowledge in Jack McCann’s last will and testament almost seven years ago.  This reporter promised a follow up at the time and I am now able to do that.  It seems that the mystery child has been located.  Due to the age of the child and the size of the inheritance the family of the mystery child has asked that her identity not be revealed.  I for one agree with the family.  That is one heck of an estate to have to shoulder at such a young age.  This is one mystery that has turned out to have a happy ending.

I decided to keep both articles in my photo album with everything from the Daniels.  They are in their proper place for now.  Maybe someday when I have a child of my own I will pull them out and tell that child all about my mixed up childhood.  In the mean time it is going to remain my little secret.

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