This Mother Hid Her True Identity For Decades Wearing Makeup To Bed Everyday

Whether it's a bit of concealer or a dollop of highlighter, makeup always makes an essential part of a woman's life. However, women never forget to remove their makeup every night before heading to bed. But this woman's activities not only seemed strange but also made her daughter feel something was just not right. Her mother's activities were mysterious; moreover, she would sleep with her makeup on, day and night. Suspicions grew, and finally, the daughter discovered something about her mother that ran chills down her spine.

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A Bit Into The Past

Alvera Rita meant the world to her daughter, Gail Lukasik. During her days, Alvera was very beautiful. Married to Harold during World War II, hers was typically the 'love at first sight' kind of a story. Despite sharing love and emotions, none, including Harold, knew Alvera's dark secret. The mother escaped years of hiding something from the family until her daughter crept in on the strange mystery.

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The Dramatic Love Story 

The retrograde couple was a happily married pair. Harold never lacked a bit in his sense of humor, and there were always reasons that made Alvera giggle all the time. Life was indeed beautiful, and there weren't any flaws as such. Harold loved Alvera more than anyone else and was unaware of the secret she cloaked all those years. Yet, no one, including Alvera, was able to figure out what the future would bring.

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Bigger Dreams Amidst Unknown Mysteries

Though there was an instant connection between the pair, Harold still missed out on tracking down the reason that led Alvera to come up with a strange decision. Cut short—he was unaware of the biggest nightmare he was sharing his life with. However, Harold and Alvera knew that they were destined to unite in life. And the blind love urged them to take the biggest step without further thoughts. Little did Alvera know that it would jolt her family one day.

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They Have a Little Family

Harold and Alvera's love story dates back to the days when he served in the Pacific. Though love was in the air between them for so long, they couldn't get married owing to the war. After years of waiting and unconditional love, they finally exchanged their wedding vows. In two years, the couple welcomed their first daughter, Gail, in 1946. But Alvera never knew that her daughter would find out about her secret in the future. 

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After Some Years...

The family was small, but that didn't stop them from enjoying their share of happiness and excitement. Ever since Gail arrived, Alvera and Harold always had a reason to smile, laugh out loud, and think of new ways to bring sunshine into their little house. There was abundant warmth throughout all corners, and there weren't any regrets from either of them. Years passed, and the little princess grew fast with time. However, Gail remained calm until she started noticing things, especially with her mother.

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Gail is Suspicious About Something

Gail's childhood was pretty normal. She enjoyed her school life, and there were not many complaints from her side either. The family was numbered less, but still, each of them poured their love without grins, worries, and secrets. However, Alvera never felt guilty even a bit for hiding something from them. She never hinted out on a single clue until Gail grew suspicious of her mother's weird activities.

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Confusion Overshadows Belief

A young girl she was, Gail, never stopped noticing her mother's weird habits. At a certain point, she understood that Alvera's strange activities weren't fashioned overnight. Gail was pretty sure about what she was hinting at, yet, she needed the courage to step forward and throw the question at her mother. Everything she was desperate about was "what" rather than "why." As days grew deeper, Gail started to notice her mom like a hawk. But not in a million dreams did she imagine that her mom would do like this.

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Alvera's Odd Habits Haunt Gail

Though Alvera appeared completely normal, she had a follow-up of daily activities that were a debate of questions in young Gail's mind. Her mom's few odd habits were bizarre and unexplainable, yet, the little girl braved herself to talk to her about it. She wanted some answers to why her mom behaved so mysteriously, but all that came from Alvera was a set of puzzling and vague answers. However, there was one thing her mother did, which, according to Gail, was the strangest of all.

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The Most Bizarre Thing Alvera Ever Did

Every day, Alvera would spend hours in front of the mirror, either putting on makeup or fixing the flaws, though she didn't have any. The strangest thing was—she wore makeup even before going to sleep. That was weird and against the beauty policies of women who make sure to remove every bit of makeup products off their faces before bedtime. Even when she was going to sleep, Alvera always made sure she had a light foundation on. Things weren't clear at first, until...

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She Demanded Answers

By now, Gail was pretty aware that women always dab their skin free of makeup every night before going to bed. Perhaps, it was an equally important beauty regimen like the makeup routine itself. Yet, the young girl was hounded with confusion regarding her mother's weird behavior. "Makeup? At night?" were the kind of questions that urged her to beg an explanation from her mother. However, she held back her curiosity for days before gathering the courage to question her mother. One fine day...

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Image Credits: Facebook/Gail K. Lukasik


Gail Began Questioning Her Mother

Seemingly, Alvera never went out bare-skinned on sunny days. Either way, she never went out without a hat and gloves. These issues aside, the biggest one was the way Alvera narrated about her family. Whenever Gail asked her mother if she could meet her grandfather, Azemar Frederic, she would receive rather strange answers from her. Not only did Alvera ignore those requests, but she made sure that there were no photos of Azemar anywhere. All this stirred confusion and Gail needed answers.

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Suspicions Grow With Time

Apart from cloaking her looks with foundation and sunscreen, Alvera never liked it out in the sun. Even if she did, she would make it a point to attire her looks with a hat, a pair of gloves, and clothes that weren't revealing from any angle. Though all this hinted out on signs of modest dressing, Gail's suspicions lodged her mind, leaving no room for other thoughts. Alvera's odd replies whenever asked about her family, her makeup routines, and everything else about her kept the young daughter occupied with selfless doubts. Gail was worried and decided to dig the matter. 

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Time Never Changed Gail's Determination

Meanwhile, time didn't seem to halt till Gail hunted the reason that pillared her mother's strange behavior. Years grew by, however, Gail was determined to track down the secret about her mom's peculiar habits. Over the years, Alvera assumed that her secret would remain safe with her. But she missed the fact that Gail would come up with some shocking questions in the future. Decades passed with peace, smiles, and family. Soon, Gail realized that it was time to put an end to her doubts.

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Image Credits: YouTube/Garage by HP/History of Memory: The Secret Album


Years Passed, Yet, She Never Got The Answer

Years grew by, and Gail was 48 when she finally decided that she needed to take a stand and get the answers she needed. It was 1995, and Gail examined a scroll of microfilm to find if there was anything about her grandfather. Unfortunately, digging back into the past was easy said than done. But Gail never gave up, and her repeated efforts led her to the 1900 Louisiana Census records—a pinhole that unfolded a certain clue.

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The Shocking Hint

Gail had her fingers crossed while examining the microfilm. But she was let down, yet, she knew that there had to be something about her mom's past. Perhaps, when she grew close to the Louisiana Census record, Gail hoped that she would stumble upon something useful. She felt that it was time she finished up with the mystifying doubts she had about her mom's odd behavior that she followed to date. Soon, Gail spotted something that demanded a second look from her.

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Image Credits: YouTube/Garage by HP/History of Memory: The Secret Album


She Digs The Matter After Years of Confusion

During her investigation, Gail discovered that almost all the names listed as Azemar Frederic had the letter "B" next to them. This confused her further. Gail couldn't understand what she was looking at initially, and she had no clue who among the list was her real grandfather. There were so many Azemars, all suffixed with a "B." Gail had no choice but to confront her mother after she grew suspicious of something.

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Clueless Again

She continued looking at the records. However, the clueless "B" suffixed before most of the names, especially the Azemar she was looking for, drowned her into deep confusion. At first, Gail couldn't put the finger on the authenticity of what it meant. The concept seemed far from her understanding. Nevertheless, Gail knew that there was something odd about everything that lay in front of her eyes. She knew that the official records wouldn't lie. And that's when a pea-sized doubt started to take root in her confused mind.

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Image Credits: YouTube/Garage by HP/History of Memory: The Secret Album


The Biggest Step

Now, Gail had to rest her belief clearly on one thing—evidence! But she was sure that she needed official proof and not just anything on mere paper. Gail knew that she needed answers and not questions again. It was time she felt that she was done attending to her disbelief, mystical queries, and her mom's weird behavior that never ceased. Without sparing a second to the clock, Gail sat down, this time, to crack the issue that hounded her ever since she knew the world. Sadly, the 48-year-old woman wasn't prepared for what came next.

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Image Credits: YouTube/Garage by HP/History of Memory: The Secret Album


Gail Stumbles Upon Something Shocking

However, Gail knew that she had to confirm her suspicion before initiating the conversation with her mother. Without wasting further time, Gail reached out to the State of Louisiana to find her mother's birth certificate. She filed an official copy of Alvera's birth certificate, pretending to be her mother, and it wasn't long before Gail received the document in the mail. She was shocked at what she saw.

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Trust Fades Slowly

The response from the authorities was timely and quick. While Gail expected a substantial reply, there was something that caught her eye off her belief. Years of trust came tumbling down, only to shatter the concept of family and love. At first, Gail thought that she saw the wrong thing. But right there, on her computer screen, she read the true identity of her mother. Despite seeing the truth in the eye, Gail was quite unsure about what it meant. She reached out to the authorities again. 

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What Could It Be?

A particular section in the document was quite strange, and nothing was explainable at first. The part included the letters "col," which Gail found very weird. She couldn't figure out what it meant and wrote again to the State of Louisiana, demanding an explanation. Soon, she received another mail, this time, the paragraph she read shook her from head to toe.

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The Dark Secret Wasn't Far From Reach

It took Gail nearly two years to come out of the shocking truth she discovered about her mother. She knew that it certainly had a major tie with Alvera's weird makeup secrets. Now, half of the reality stood abreast Gail's face. For the remaining truth, most importantly, the reason, Gail braved herself in front of her mom, hoping to get the answers she needed. This time, Gail was aware of everything, and there was no way her mother could escape her daughter's questions. What was the truth anyway?

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Image Credits: YouTube/Garage by HP/History of Memory: The Secret Album


She Couldn't Believe Her Eyes

The letter was short and precise to the point. It read that "col" denoted "colored." At first, Gail couldn't believe her eyes. She wasn't sure whether her mother knew anything about this. The situation sparked a fire of thoughts, and that's when Gail remembered her mother's strange behavior. Finally, she visited her mother one afternoon and threw some questions at her. Alvera had no choice to conceal the mystery anymore, and she opened up on the dark secret.

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Alvera's Last Try

Alvera didn't expect her daughter would crack the mystery that she was hiding all these years. Moreover, she found it difficult to mend another way to prolong the secret's longevity any further. Gail opened up that she found her mother's birth certificate in which she was listed as "colored." The truth hounded Alvera, who instantly became nervous and uncomfortable. However, Alvera tried her luck in safeguarding the secret for one last time. She said, "I don't know about the birth certificate you have, but mine says I'm white!" Gail didn't believe what she heard.

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Alvera Finds It Difficult to Hide the Secret

Gail calmly made her mother understand that she was almost near the truth. When she revealed the census records in which her grandfather's identity was mentioned, Alvera couldn't believe her eyes. For years, the mother tried her luck in protecting her secret and was successful to a certain point. But now Gail had everything to prove that her mother was lying. Alvera remained quiet. Silence sprung from all corners, and for a moment, she decided that it was time to break the shell that held her secret. She uttered something that Gail would never forget all her life.

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Image Credits: YouTube/Garage by HP/History of Memory: The Secret Album


The Secret Unfolds

Alvera's strange makeup secrets had nothing to do with the sun or the gloves and even the hat. It was just that she pretended to be white all her life. Simply put, Alvera wanted to hide her true identity. She went on to crack the truth that Gail's grandfather, Azemar, was an African-American. Their mixed nationalities forced Alvera to purge her true identity to live with the man of her dreams. Was love the only reason why Alvera concealed herself with makeup all the time?

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Alvera's Duplicated Lifestyle 

Perhaps yes—marrying a white man and cutting the ties off her parental zone wasn't easy. However, Alvera managed to replicate things in her life that she hid most of the time. According to her, the duplicated lifestyle she chose meant no harm to her or anyone around owing to the love she had for Harold and their daughter. After pouring out the secret, Alvera requested Gail just one thing—never to release the secret until her death.

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The Truth Shook The Family

Sadly, Alvera passed away in 2014. After keeping the secret for 17 years, Gail decided to pen her mother's story and publish it. After the book released, the rest of the family was shocked by the mysterious truth. However, Gail knew that her mother's decision was indeed the right thing to do back in a world where strict and uneasy norms were culverted in society.

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The Moral

Gail was now aware of what led her mother to step into the skin of another identity. She knew it wasn't her fault. However, the then 48-year-old writer took time to digest the heartbreaking truth. Despite knowing it all, Gail tried to know more about her mother's past. But Alvera would immediately change the topic and ask about Gail's life instead. Gail understood that her mom didn't like to talk about it ever again. However, she grasped an important moral from her mother's story.

Image Credits: Facebook/Gail K. Lukasik

Image Credits: Facebook/Gail K. Lukasik


Gail Understood The Pain Her Mother Went Through For Years

Gail knew her mother wanted to be herself and feel comfortable in her skin. Yet, she had to mask her identity owing to the love she had for her husband, Harold. For love's sake, Alvera walked out on opportunities, and the outlook society had in reserve for her. Gail understood that her mother turned her back on her identity and family to enrich her marriage vow with love and nothing else. From her mother's perspective, Gail felt how hurtful it would've been for Alvera never to live her true authentic self.

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Image Credits: Facebook/Gail K. Lukasik

This story makes us wonder whether judgments can be passed based on someone's strange decisions made in the name of love! Whether it was Gail or her mother, Alvera Rita, their life might not have been anything short of mysterious episodes throughout their lives. While Alvera's secret is in itself the biggest of all, most of us might have petty mysteries best known to us! Maybe you've come across someone with a strange secret that startled you. Please share your experience with us!

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