A man was in disbelief after discovering the truth about his past. His biological parents had disregarded him in a cardboard box, and he spent years wondering about their actions.
An Idaho resident's world was turned upside down when he was eleven. His parents revealed that they were not biologically related, and they adopted him as a foundling baby in 1986.
Ben Tveidt thought his adoptive parents were lying and could not believe the revelation until they showed him newspaper clippings and old hospital bracelets. The youngster spent many years wondering about his past.
[Left] Ben Tveidt meets his biological father for the first time; [Right] Baby Tveidt after his adoption. | Source: twitter.com/KTVB twitter.com/ABC
ABANDONED AS A BABY
Tveidt had very little information about the couple who conceived him. He knew that they abandoned him in a cardboard box alongside a road in Anchorage, Alaska.
Newspaper clippings also revealed that an anonymous caller told the Sheriff's Department about the child. The infant was rescued and placed in foster care for a few months, where he waited for a family to adopt him.
DNA TESTING TRACKED DOWN THE FAMILY
Thankfully, a couple welcomed him into their home and showered him with love and care. Revelations of his adoption stayed with Tveidt, and in 2016 he used a DNA test to track down his family.
The results connected him to a biological father and two half-brothers. He was nervous and excited to reach out to them.
MEETING HIS BIOLOGICAL FATHER
He arranged a meeting with his dad and was stunned to discover that he only lived 20 minutes away. The meeting was emotional, and Tveidt shared that there was an instant connection and sense of familiarity.
Sadly, Tveidt's mother was not as open and welcoming as his father.
Looking at someone that mirrored him physically meant a lot to Tveidt. He added: "It was like being an astronomer and discovering alien life on another planet. The eyes, the hairline, and the facial structure, it was amazing."
HE WAS REJECTED AGAIN
The men also had a shared love for books and antiques. Tveidt enjoyed getting to know his father and learned that his dad was unaware of his existence.
Sadly, Tveidt's mother was not as open and welcoming as his father. She did not want to reunite, and the rejection hurt. He expressed:
"She was not happy to hear from me ... Going through the experience again through the eyes of an adult gave me a lot of things to think about."
NEVER GIVE UP THE SEARCH
Despite this, Tveidt had an open invitation for his mother. He was ready to welcome her into his life if she changed her mind.
The journey into his past was not easy, but it gave Tveidt the closure he desired. He encouraged others and stated they must never give up looking for their loved ones.
ANOTHER ABANDONED BABY
Another baby was abandoned in Alaska last year, and the newborn was found on a doorstep with a note from the desperate mother. Roxy Lane was shocked when she saw the baby next to her mailbox.
She immediately took the child to safety, and thankfully, he was still alive and well. The birth mom named him Teshawn and asked someone to take care of him because she could not.
One day baby Teshawn might look for his birth mother just like Tveidt did, and hopefully, he will also get the closure he needs.