I think I have a new favorite TV show! On Thanksgiving Evening, a new show called Shocking Family Secrets aired on the Discovery Fit and Health channel. Each episode tells the story of a few people chronicalling the back story, the secret, how the person came to discover the secret, and how it has affected them.
The first story was about an African American Muslim woman named Nefertiti. She and her sisters were raised by their con artist father who marries 34 different women for “economic benefit”. At 16 she is abandoned by her father so she decides that’s the perfect time to try to find her mother. Within a relatively short time frame, Nefertiti locates her mother and discovers that she and her sister were kidnapped from her mother when her father discovered that her mother was trying to escape the physical abuse of the marriage.
The second story is about a woman named Ellen who was unknowingly affected her entire life by her family’s secret. Growing up, she felt very distant from her father, but never knew why. It was only when she confronted her parents as an adult that she discovered that she was not her father’s biological daughter. Her mother had an affair with her husband’s boss which produced her. To make the situation worse, her husband was aware of this and, when her mother ended the affair, her biological father took revenge on the entire family by forcing the man she knew as her father to relocate frequently for his job.
The third story really wasn’t a secret, at least from the perspective of Steve, the man the story focused on. Steve grew up knowing he was adopted and, even though he loved his adoptive parents very much, decided to look for his biological mother when he turned 18. He searched for years and came up empty handed til he discovered he’d been spelling his mother’s surname incorrectly in his searches. Armed with the correct spelling, he resumed his search and finally located her. Steve’s biological mother was not only in the same geographic vacinity, her house was on the delivery route for the truck he drove for work. Even more impressive, they both worked at the same store, just different departments.
I love that there’s finally a show devoted to outting family secrets and how they can actually make the people feel better once the truth is revealed, even if it isn’t a pleasant secret or it takes a while for the persons involved to come to terms with the secret. Check your cable or satillite listings for the next episode airs Thursday night, and if you missed this week’s, it will air right before the new one.
“And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” -John 8:32