When one 80-year-old war veteran got a phone call from someone telling him that he was his son, he thought it was a scam. But when they met for the first time, it was clear to see that the pair were family.
Michael Reed lives in Chicago, Illinois. However, he had always felt like something was missing from his life there. Because, at the tender age of 10, Reed discovered that he was actually adopted.
So, although he enjoyed a happy childhood, Reed always wondered about his biological parents. However, his many questions remained unanswered until he turned 30 years old. That’s when his adoptive parents gave him his adoption papers.
Reed always intended to start the search for his blood family, but life got in the way. His parents died in the early ’90s and Reed spent just over a decade in the Navy. Then, when he settled down with his wife Susan, their children came before everything.
As a result, Reed was 60 before he began thinking about his biological roots once more. Finally, he decided to do a DNA test to find out about his true ethnicity. However, the test revealed much more than he bargained for.
Not only did the genealogy website discover Reed was from an Irish background, it also matched him with a living relative. After chatting for a while, Reed and his family member concluded that she was a cousin of his biological father, a man named Dennis Fay.
As a young 17-year-old man, Fay had fibbed about his age so he could join the Marines. He then spent a couple of years in the military during which time he served in the Korean War. After serving, he moved to Southern California.
In California, Fay would cruise the streets in his customized 1950 Chevy Club Coupe. He would while away the hours at drive-ins and pick up dates. And, one day, he met a glamorous young carhop.
“If you dated a carhop back in those days, you were pretty macho because they had their pick of men, and I dated her,” Fay revealed to Deseret News in 2015. However, their relationship proved to be short-lived.
Not long after meeting Fay, the woman left her drive-in job and quit the town, too. Fay had no idea that she was pregnant with his child. So, it wasn’t until he received a phone call from Reed that he had any idea of the existence of his estranged son.
Reed admitted making that first phone call was difficult for him. “I really prayed about it,” he revealed. “I didn’t want to hurt his feelings or interject myself or really do any harm at all to the Fay family.”
And his worries weren’t completely unfounded. When Reed first got through to Fay, the now 80-year-old thought it was a scam. But, as he listened to Reed’s story, he knew there was a possibility he really was his son.
To be completely certain, the family conducted a DNA test. As a result, just months later, results confirmed Fay was indeed Reed’s father. And neither of them could have been happier about the news.
So, in May 2015, the father and son met for the first time at Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah. And it was there that one-time only child Reed got to meet his nine siblings! In a kind gesture, they greeted him with a large “It’s a boy” banner.
And, like their father, the Fay children were ready to open Reed with open arms. “We were a little skeptical at first,” Michael’s brother, Mike Fay, told People in May 2015. But, he added, when the DNA results came back, “We knew he was our brother.”
And, for Reed, who now also had number of nieces and nephews, having a large family was a dream come true. “I always wanted a brother or a sister,” he said, as he tried to fight back tears. “Now I have nine.”
However, although he was delighted to find his siblings, it was his dad that Reed had always dreamed of meeting. And, after no doubt wondering how to greet his father, Reed settled for a simple “Hi, Dad” and a hug.
Fay was equally as thrilled to meet his long-lost son. “This is probably the most important day of my life, to meet him,” he told People. “I’m proud of him. There’s not many people that would go through what he went through to find me,” he added.
And, after almost 50 years of waiting, Reed finally got to look his father in the eye. “The father quest is all over myth and legend and stories from Star Wars to ancient mythology, and my quest is over,” he joyously told Deseret News.
They may not live in the same state, but we hope Reed and Fay will be able to spend more time together and get to know each other better. And, while we don’t know what lies in store for the pair, this fantastic story just proves that it’s never too late!