A Former Heroin Addict, This Grandfather Found His Family After 30 Years
When Pops' wife asked him, in 1980, to choose between his relationship with her and his addiction to drugs, he responded: "See you later, baby."
A generation has passed since that conversation, during which time Pops turned his life around. The former dealer walked into Union Rescue Mission in 2009, addicted to heroin, morphine, methadone, and alcohol, and walked out a few years later clean from all the drugs that had derailed his life.
During his recovery at The Mission, when he became healthy enough to feel optimistic about the future, Pops decided that he wanted to reconnect with the children he had left 30 years before. He used Facebook to spread the word of his reappearance and sobriety. And sure enough, one of his granddaughters discovered him there. She shared with the family: "I found him."
"You'll never know that feeling," Pops says, "when I got off that plane and went down them steps, and my daughter and my son just came running and fell on me, crying."
In a beautiful demonstration of forgiveness and compassion, Pops' kids forgave their father right away. They encouraged him to look at the past as yesterday, and focus on today, the now, and move forward. Thanks to their reunion, Pops feels like he can finally do just that.
"Now that I got my family, how can I lose?" Pops smiles, and says that he plans to live to 130 to make up for lost time. After hearing his story, we say that nothing is impossible!