When Randy Waites changed the channel to watch the local news, he expected to get updates on the weather, not discover a family member he didn’t know he had.
But when the news reporter interviewed a man named Eddie Waites, he couldn’t help but wonder if the two of them were related. Not only was it rare for Randy to see someone with his last name spelled in the exact same way, but their resemblance was undeniable.
Having grown up without his dad, Randy turned to his daughter, Cambria, for help uncovering this mystery.
“I saw [Eddie’s] features and he actually looked a lot like my dad in the eyes,” Cambria said. “I did my research, searched up his name, looked up all I could.”
Luckily, she could find exactly what they needed to connect these long-lost brothers who, after a phone call, discovered that they were just that!
“It just clicked, like we’ve been friends for 20 years,” Randy said. “It’s just unbelievable.”
The two began getting to know each other through texts and phone calls, allowing Randy to finally learn more about the other half of his family.
“I’ve never met my father, never saw a picture of him my entire life,” Randy said. “[Eddie] has been texting me all kinds of different stuff, pictures of my grandfather, and filling in on the family history that I never had on that side.”
Getting to know each other on the phone was amazing, but nothing could compare to the moment when they finally got to meet in person! They planned for it to happen on Randy’s son’s 13th birthday, the perfect time for him to meet his new uncle.
“It was crazy,” his son, Dalton Waites said. “I didn’t even know it was possible this could happen. My dad showed me a picture of his dad, and he looked exactly like me when I was little.”
From their first phone call, Randy and Eddie instantly clicked. In addition to being related, the two of them have a lot in common, including a love for fishing. But before they plan their first fishing trip together, their families still have quite a lot of catching up to do.
“Spending as much time with this guy as possible,” Eddie said. “Filling him in on all the gaps he’s had in his life, and the gaps I’ve had in my life, and filling in that void we both have. I think that’s the most incredible thing ever.”
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