William Petrauschke's senior portrait convinced me that this man was my biological father. My oldest son once told me, "The lips don't lie."
My mother and her four children on her 80th birthday. (Left to right.) Jana, Carol, Randy, and Mark. This, along with my dad was the family I knew until 2017.
In 2017, a DNA test revealed that William Petrauschke was my biological father. Here's a picture of the first meeting with my new family. (Left to right.) Mary, William, Randy, Bill, Tammy, and Joe.
Raised in a family he bore little resemblance to, Randy was jokingly referred to as "the milkman's son." This warm and candid memoir chronicles the unraveling of a family secret, which begins with Randy's dad having dreams about deceased relatives urging him to complete their family tree. Randy agrees to help with the genealogy, but after his searching leads to a dead end, he takes a commercially available DNA test. The results reveal a possible genetic match to a sister, which begins a familial quest that forever changes the author's life.
Featuring a cast of vivid characters, richly drawn from two distinct families, The Milkman's Son reveals one man's family tree, pulling back layers of new information as he gets closer to the truth--a biological father, siblings, and family members he never knew about.
This is a story of accepting, forgiving, reuniting, and, most importantly, it's about the bonds that connect us and the unconditional love that makes us feel like we belong.
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Do you have a question about my journey? Or maybe you have your own story about a surprising DNA test result you want to share. Feel free to contact me.