North Carolina Department of Correction - Correction News - February 1999
Father and son reunite after 47 years
CLINTON After 47 years apart, Steve Muller, superintendent of Sampson Correctional Institution, and his father, Seldon Nichols, were finally reunited Jan. 6 at the Mullers home in Clinton.
|Traveling from their home in Canada,
Nichols and his wife, Evelyn, stopped in North Carolina
to visit Muller and his wife, Vicki, on their way to
Florida. Father and son had planned the visit when they
spoke for the first time over the phone in November after
Mullers cousin and half-sister tracked him down via
the Internet. "This is something I dreamed of that I
never thought would happen," Nichols said of the
reunion with his first-born son. "I thought I would
go the rest of my life without seeing him."
Only six-weeks-old the last time he saw his father, Muller was thrilled that he was finally getting the chance to sit down and talk with his father, face-to-face, for the first time in his life.
"I just needed to see him, to see what he looks like and to see if he accepts me," Muller said. "He said that hes real proud of what Ive become, and thats just a good feeling to hear that from a parent."
Mullers father and mother separated when he was just a baby, and fear of rejection prevented the two men from locating one another before now. Acceptance now replaces that fear, and father and son are looking forward to catching up.
"We are trying to pack in 47 years," Muller said. "Well get to share a lot of things that we didnt know about each other. Its like making a new friend. Im sure its going to be an exciting and emotional time." u
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