|Mary Lou is on the right|
Mary Lou was really good at storytelling. Sometimes she may have exaggerated just a little. One of the stories where she apparently did that was about my father (the parent I share with my half-sister).
Several times Mary Lou told me, seemingly with all sincerity, that my father had other children somewhere out there. She appeared to be absolutely convinced that there were little bastard kids out there I was related to, little mini Lynns running around. She never told me how she knew this, but she insisted it was true.
I never asked my father about this while Mary Lou was still alive, probably because I thought it might cause some kind of trouble. But some years after she passed away, I did broach the subject with him.
You could tell he had heard the story many times himself. As soon as I started asking him, he knew exactly what it was about. And he told me flat out that no, as far as he knew, he had no other children out there.
He didn't seem to know where Mary Lou had gotten the story either and why she continued to repeat it. He had told her multiple times it wasn't true.
I think my father had the last laugh, though. He has almost 6,000 people who match him on DNA testing sites, and the only children matches are my sister and me. No one else is even close.
I guess Mary Lou was just making it up.
Mary Lou would have been 81 years old today.