Many of us try to get the best Father’s Day gifts possible for our fathers. But it’s going to be hard to top this gift, which has decades of history behind it. After receiving a test as a 2017 Christmas gift from her boyfriend, Tiffany Dow found out the real story of her lineage, enabling her to gift her father an unforgettable Father’s Day present.
By the time we’re adults, our lineage is no longer a mystery for most of us. Although Dow from Missouri always had a question about her lineage due to her appearance traits, nevertheless, she probably wasn’t expecting anything too shocking.
It turns out the complete opposite happened.
As shown on her DNA test result, she was half Armenian. However, Dow was sure her mother didn’t have Armenian in her.
All these years, Dow was led to believe that her supposed biological father had passed away, and he apparently had blonde hair and blue eyes. The story had always seemed a bit sketchy to her given that his “children,” including Dow, all have both dark hair and eyes.
Immediately after seeing her result, Dow called her mother and informed her what she just found out. It was 5 a.m. in the morning, but Dow didn’t care.
Dow demanded her mother to explain what really happened.
But her mother wanted to have a talk in-person about it.
“I said ‘No, we’re not doing this. You’re telling me now,'” Dow said to her mother, reported the Tri-City Herald.
Realizing Dow was not playing any games, her mother obliged.
Dow was told that her biological father might actually be alive. The mother claimed that she only knew that his name was Doug Davidian, and he lived in Fresno, California in 1971.
“I’m 45 years old, and I’ve just found out me being who I am,” Dow said.
“I instantly got on Google, and did a quick search,” Dow continued. “I found him in about two and a half minutes.”
Later in the evening, Dow was able to locate the man’s workplace through LinkedIn, after that, she simply waited, for the start of the next morning’s business hours.
While Dow was waiting, Davidian had just finished his morning devotionals and was having a conversation with God. The topic was about some of the “crazy miracles” recorded in the Old Testament.
“I said I was not looking for a crazy miracle, but just lean in to me a little bit today, to be aware if there is somebody out there that needs a relationship, or a friendship, or there is a connection that needs to be made,” Davidian said.
“One hour later, I’m walking in to work, where I usually get in about 15, 20 after 7, this day, I walked in at 7. As I’m there, the phone was ringing,” Davidian continued.
“Blessing of a Journey”
When Dow called, she didn’t know what to say, so she immediately hit the hard questions.
“My name is Tiffany. Have you ever been to Missouri?” Dow questioned right after her greeting.
Davidian answered with a “yes,” mentioning a road trip in the 1970s. After more talking, there was no more doubt about their relationship. The two were thrilled by what had just happened and decided they should meet in person.
For Dow, her 46th birthday was not just any other birthday. It was the day when Davidian flew from Fresco and visited her for the first time. Soon, it was Dow’s turn to visit his father.
“I’m here for Father’s Day weekend, because I think it’s the best place I could be,” Dow said to Fresno Bee in a video.
When Dow was 11 years old, she found out that the person she always believed to be her father, was actually her stepfather. It wasn’t until 35 years later before Dow found out that her biological father did not die in a car accident, but was alive and well.
After the two got acquainted, they were surprised by their resemblances–from physical appearances, talkative personalities, to a passion in business. Dow even claims that she sees the man in her own children.
Davidian called the phone call “blessing of a journey.” The man recalled that his prayer was different that morning.
“A lot of times when I pray, it’s about me and my need,” Davidian said. “This prayer was not about me and my need, it was about being aware of other people.”
For Dow, finding her father has made more difference for her than she expected.
“I’m still who I am, just finding out you have a father, it shouldn’t make a difference, but it really, really did.” Dow said. “I think for the first time in my life I felt 100 percent whole.”
Tiffany Dow, who lives near Kansas City, Missouri, found the dad she didn't know she had after taking a DNA test. She learned her real dad is likely Doug Davidian of Fresno, CA. She flew into Fresno for a Father's Day visit.
由 The Fresno Bee 发布于 2018年6月17日周日