People on Reddit were asked: “What major ‘plot twist’ moment have you had in your life?” These are some of the best answers.
1. I thought I was going to inherit my mother’s boobs my whole life. I waited. And waited. Then I found out that she got a boob job when I was little…
2. When I was a child of roughly 9 years old I found out that not only had my father been cheating on my mother since the night before their wedding night, but also that towards the last few years of their marriage my mother had been cheating with my step father. Additionally, one has eczema, the other has scoliosus. I have both. So I’ve never been quite sure after that which one is my actual father.
4. Found out when I was 13 that I had a long-lost half-sister who is 19 years older than me. My mother had to give her up because she was only 19 with extreme conservative parents. 5 years later I have met my sis many times and I now have a baby nephew.
3. My Grandfather was dying of cancer. He was a big, tough man and gradually just wasted away. Sometime near the end, he asked my Grandmother to bring him a piece of paper and a pen. He wrote down all the names of his 27 grandchildren. Next to my name was a check. Nobody else had anything next to their names. My Grandmother showed it to me after he died. She had no idea what it meant. I still think about that every once in awhile.
5. Finding out at my Grandmother’s funeral that she worked for MI6.
6. When I was 7, I found my birth certificate in the basement of my childhood home. The name under “Father” was not the man I’d believed to be my dad my entire life. I didn’t tell anyone about it for years.
7. When I realized that my mom wasn’t always “sick”, she was completely wasted on drugs all the time.
8. I was diagnosed with Asperger’s just shy of my 19th birthday. Before that, I really had no clue just how differently my brain operated. I knew there were some differences, but I had just scratched the surface.
9. My twin sister and I were born through in vitro fertilization. Our mom wanted nothing more than to have kids, and her circumstances led her to use a sperm donor. When we were three years old, our mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. when we were six, she passed away. My sister and I were taken in by our aunt (our mom’s younger sister). She already had two sons and a husband. It was a crazy and emotional time for all of us, but we have become an amazing family unit, and I consider my mom, dad, and brothers as much my immediate family as my sister. You might think this was the major plot twist in my life, but it gets crazier.
About four years ago, I learned that not only did my original mother have sperm donated to her, but she also had eggs donated to her as well – by her little sister. I lost my biological mom only to be rescued by my genetic mom. All those years I had laughed at the people who said I looked like my brothers and my mom, but the joke was on me. When I think about the sacrifices my two moms have made for me and my sister, it blows my mind.
10. The largest one for me was finding out my parents were never married (although together for 15+years) because my father was still married to his first wife, who miraculously got pregnant and had a child while he was in jail for a year for aiding and abetting a known felon.
11. I was looking for my social security card in my parents’ desk and I found their marriage certificate. It was dated one year later than I thought, 6 months before I was born. All of a sudden, the years of thinking my mother resented being stuck home with kids, the terrible resentful marriage they had, it all made sense.
12. Back when I was in college I got a girl pregnant. When my mother found out she broke down crying and divulged that I have a brother out there that I had never met. She had given the boy up for adoption long before I came around. I still wonder to this day if I will run into him.
13. While at a party about five years ago I met a girl who I really clicked with (friends-wise – I’m a [straight] girl). I started talking about my boyfriend, but not by that title, by name. She proceeded to tell me she knew him and had actually recently been on a date with him and how it was the most romantic date she’d ever been on. My boyfriend. Of a year…
Yes, we broke up shortly afterwards. That girl ended up being one of my best friends. We are friends to this day.
14. The last thing my grandma said to me was, “See you tomorrow!” and as I walked out her hospital room she said, “…NOT!” I heard her laughing from down the hall at herself. She died four hours later.
15. I actually found out shortly after my grandmother died that she and her husband adopted my mom. From where or why, we have no idea. Mom and I know that we have the same type of ethnic heritage as the people she thought were her parents, which probably indicates she was adopted from somewhere within the family or close friends.
Perhaps more interesting is the fact that on her deathbed, I was 100% convinced that my grandma was saying “I love you” and gathered the whole family to hear… Only to realize that she was desperately thirsty, and saying “I want juice”.
16. While talking to my mom one day, she (out of the blue) mentions that she defecated all over me when she birthed me. Game changer: All this time I thought I was a good kid, turns out I was a crappy baby.
17. The day we found out that the doctors were going to stop being aggressive with my father’s treatment was very difficult. My grandparents flew back from Florida to get his affairs in order. Apparently my dad (a near broke alcoholic) had not paid any of his life insurance premiums. My grandparents found out and paid all the late bills which allowed my siblings to collect on the multimillion dollar policy.
To this day I am grateful because I didn’t find out until a few days after about the whole situation. Now I have enough money to pay for college and buy my first home.
18. I lived with my father from 4-16. The entire time trying to convince him to let me move in with my mom who was 800 miles away. He never let me. I later found out this was because my mother’s boyfriend was a felon and he disapproved of the relationship.
19. I just found out last week, that all my life, my mother has been addicted to speed, and has been hiding her addiction from my sister and I as best she could. On top of that, every single night, she takes sleeping pills.
I also learned that her family is convincing her to lie to my father and continue her addiction, instead of getting help, purely to spite my father. I’d always suspected my mother had a drug problem, but never brought it up. My younger sister is still in the dark, and I intend to keep it that way.
20. Finding out from my mother when I was ~13 that the reason I hadn’t seen my father since I was 4 was because he was physically and verbally aggressive towards me.
21. When I was a kid my parents took me to Universal Studios in LA. When we were there we met Mr. T and I spent the next 20 years telling my friends that I had met Mr. T.
Everything came crashing down when I had dinner one night with my parents and a girlfriend. The topic of meeting famous people came up, and I told my Mr. T story. My parents chuckled and corrected me, “You mean you met a character impersonator playing Mr. T.” Childhood. Ruined.
22. From a few things my grandfather said before he died it appears that my great-grandmother (his mother) was an abortionist. My mum remembers her as a very conservative Catholic.
23. My Grandpa was having trouble hearing and it took us a while to convince him to get a hearing aid. In the meantime he got a phone call saying his uncle John had died. He asked about a funeral and was told there wasn’t one. That was 2, maybe 3 years ago. I really only saw John when he came up for Christmas, but he was quite the character and my whole family has missed him.
A couple weeks ago, my grandpa’s cousin came to visit. Grandpa was talking about how he missed John since he died. His cousin said “What are you talking about I just saw him 2 weeks ago!” Turns out my grampa misheard the phone call. We figured someone else died but we still don’t know who. John’s probably been wondering why no one invites him for Christmas anymore, or visits, or calls.
24. Double Whammy: When I was 3 my parents divorced. When I was 5 my dad moved in with a lady. When I was 6 I found out by seeing wedding pictures that they’d actually gotten married back when I was 5. I thought they’d just been living together for a year. Fast forward 10 years. Now I’m at my grandma’s house, and my younger sister and I are looking through picture books. We come across a wedding party photo of my dad, with a 3rd woman that was taken 40 years ago. Okay …
Dad had never mentioned to us that he’d been married before marrying our mother. We struggled with this for quite a while before working up the nerve to ask Dad why he’d never told us.
25. My birthday is in November. After realizing that November is 9 months after February it didn’t take long for me to also come to the realization that I’m an accident. My parents then confirmed it. I am the end result of what I can assume was a pretty good valentines day. Obviously not uncommon, but still a major plot twist when I realized it.
26. My parents have been separated since shortly after my birth. On my dad’s side, I thought I was his only kid; turns out I have a half brother out there, somewhere. His mother took him and ran.
I found out through my mom when I was in my teens. I still haven’t talked to my dad about it.
27. Mine was finding out the woman I called “mum” for the first 16 years of my life was actually my grandma, and that my older sister was my birth mum. Apparently she got pregnant when she was 13 so her mum decided to raise me.
Now I’ve got no idea what to call either of them, calling my big sister “mum” just feels weird.
28. Finding out that my grandmother had unknowingly worked on the Manhattan Project. She was a mathematician and was working out problems for the project without being told exactly what she was doing.
29. When my mum found my grandfather had died and the police turned up they asked my mum how many children he had. My mum paused before saying “5-herself, sister and 3 brothers.” When the police left my Mum turned to me and said probably best I don’t mention cousin Sarah – I’m not sure my brothers know she’s our half sister and our grandfather had a fling with grandma’s sister before they wed!!!
30. My dad and I got drunk on his birthday and as a joke I asked him if he had any other kids. He told me that I might have two other brothers from his youthful days but he only met one of them. So now I have two sisters, one half-brother, one step-brother and two unconfirmed brothers. He definitely was spreading the love in the 70s – 80s.
31. My twin sister and I were actually triplets. There were complications with the pregnancy resulting in my mother almost miscarrying. The doctors managed to save my sister and I, but because it was a Catholic hospital, then could not refer to the lost baby as such. Instead, it was reported as a “clot”. My mom told us a couple months ago, but I’ve suspected since my father slipped a bit on our 17th birthday.
32. My dad is the 2nd youngest of 13 children. Only one of them has passed away, my aunt 13 years ago. In her will she left every one of her brothers and sisters a material good of hers, something physical, but not my dad. She left him “Black Water” by the Doobie Brothers. She didn’t say why. My dad and aunt were really close, and he says she was the type of person to do something like this for a reason for him to figure it out. He still hasn’t, but he knows one day he will.
33. I met my husband while in the navy and fell head over heals for him right away. He was everything I could have asked for and more. Because we met in the military I only knew him by his last name for a bit, until he said that I should start calling him by his first name, in case we get serious enough to get married. So from then on I called him Ro (short for Rohan)
Plot twist: it wasn’t until a month or so before the wedding that I learned his real first name. He was named after his father and didn’t like it, so he tells everyone that his middle name is his first name
Plot twist 2: 6ish months after the wedding I found his birth certificate….. The name Rohan was not on it… Anywhere. Turns out he just REALLY hated all of his name, so he unofficially changed his name. I still call him Ro… Just not when talking to the in-laws.
34. My grandmother passed away just over two weeks ago. The family all went to see her for the last time. She was surprisingly aware of everything around her, and telling stories/joking. I went and sat by her, and we talked for a little while about various things. Out of nowhere she said “Do you know who your real mother is?”… Now, I have only ever known one woman to be my mother, and had never considered otherwise. I was shocked, and asked her to repeat herself, thinking I misheard her.
She said it again “Do you know who your real mother is?” I looked over to my aunt, with a confused look on my face, who addressed my grandmother “____ is his mother, Nanny!” My grandmother laughed for a second and said “Oh yeah, I guess I know who your mother is too!”.
Now, I’m fairly certain my mother is actually my mother. Since then, I have been trying to justify her saying that though. All I can think is either, she was very out of it and didn’t know what she was saying. Or, there is someone else in my family who doesn’t know their real mother, and she mistook me for them. I’m not sure I should pursue this any further with my family, as any reason to keep it secret is probably a decent one. And I’m not so sure I want to know the answer.
35. My mom accidentally let slip that I have four older siblings while talking to my friend and I, while driving.
My friend was talking about his deadbeat father, and I was talking about my absent biological father (I’ve always had a great stepfather). My friend says he’d castrate his father, if he could, so he wouldn’t have any more kids. I say “Yeah, If I ever met my father, I’d kick him in the nuts repeatedly, and yell ‘NO SIBLINGS FOR ME'” And we laughed, then my mom says “You’re a little too late, there. You’ve got four siblings already.”
Now keep in mind I thought she meant my two younger half siblings, who I grew up with as brother and sister, so I’m telling her I only have two. She gets this horrified look on her face, and starts apologizing because she never told me I have four older half siblings from my absent biological father.
She told me answers to everything I ever asked, but I never asked if I had any siblings from him. She apparently never thought to tell me.
Either way, the biological father has confirmed that I have four older siblings (I contacted him after I turned eighteen), and I’m hoping he can get in touch with the other ladies he got pregnant, and maybe I can meet him, and them eventually.
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