George Robinson’s parents never married, and growing up, he never knew his biological father. But he always wondered what his dad was like–especially when he went to the doctor for his yearly physical.
“On the form, they would always ask you information about the illnesses that your parents had,” George says. “But I could never tell anything about my father, and I used to make stuff up.”
It took more than 40 years for George to find his father, eventually tracking him down on the internet. Turns out, his father never knew he had a son. At StoryCorps, George told his daughter Katie about finally meeting his dad.
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Katie Robinson (KR): So what was it like when you finally got to meet your father in person?
GR: When I pulled up to the house, we met at the doorstep and he put his hands on my face and then touched my knees, each of my knees, and then he took his hands and put his hands next to mine, like he was trying to feel was I really his son, and he said, "You know I dated a beautiful lady for a short time, and I did not know anything about you."And I said, "Listen: I want to, in the time that we have, know everything about you."
GR: And to tell you what kind of man he was, as my mom was on her dying bed he asked to go visit my mom, and I said, "No she wouldn't want you to see her in this condition." But I said, "I don't think my mom is going to be here for very long and when she passes you're welcome to come to her funeral." My mom did pass, and he came, and sat right in back of me and had his hand on my shoulder the entire service, and he gave everybody in the family a red rose to set on my mom's casket as we lowered it underground.
GR: I…I felt that I lost one part of me, but I found another part of me.