Over the years, I've had quite a few surprises from the women in my family. I've come to simply accept them.
My first surprise - that I recall as a surprise - was the fact that Margaret Still had a child out of wedlock back in 1808. Margaret is my 4th great grandmother. The bigger surprise though with regards to her was the rape charge she filed later against a David Philips who possibly fathered her second child, No clue who fathered my 3rd great grandfather George David Still though.
Another surprise was from my Baba & Gigi. My grandparents had two boys - my father and Uncle John. When I had my miscarriage in 1995, they were so sweet and so helpful in me getting through that difficult time. It was then though that they me that Baba had had a hard time getting pregnant. I was surprised how open they were about everything.
Another surprise on mom's side was a cousin who had actually been in a convent preparing to become a nun when she met the man who was to become her husband. A nun!
There were several other surprises over the years. Enough so that I learned to always carry a notepad and pen with me. Sometimes I would only hear the story told once.