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Having a family is important. They provide us with the support and the love that we need. But unfortunately, millions around us have little to no family at all. Sometimes in other situations, the family we have is not the family we want. But a decade back, a girl who was trying to find her dad, didn’t know that she was missing herself. Neither of them had any clue, but they were both looking for the other.
Scott Becker, the father, was looking for his daughter named April. All he knew about her was her birthday. Apparently, she was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1979. His daughter, April Becker Antoniou, only knew the name of her father and nothing else.
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In such a situation, we need to ask- how did it all get resolved? Well, April had spent years searching for her father online. But ironically, she never came up across the website AprilBecker.com. It was a website created by Scott Becker with the sole purpose of finding his daughter.
On the 4th of November, 2009, April had finally typed, “Scott Robert Becker looking for April”. It was then that she was taken to the website. And there, she found an email from her father. “I’m your Dad and I would really like to talk to ya.” Needless to say, April was in shock. “When that website popped up, I was just absolutely floored.”
How did April know that this was about her? Well, the headline at the top of the website had April’s middle name spelled Joi. Now according to April, “Nobody knows that I spell it ‘J-OI’. I knew right away that that was him.” Her dad, who owns a restaurant in Kiowa, later found an email from her. “I think you might be my dad.” To confirm her identity, Scott also asked, “Are you a green baby?” The reply he got was, “Of course, I’m a green baby.” For her dad, there was nothing that could dampen his happiness. “I was overwhelmed. I’m a happy guy.”
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As a guest in New York for the TODAY Show, Becker reflected on the experience, “I mean it’s been a whirlwind. I’ve gotten well over 2,000 e-mails, from all over the world, and not one of them was negative. They’ve been coming in from Italy, Brazil, France, Russia. All congratulating us on finding each other.”
His daughter mentioned that her children were quite excited about meeting their grandfather. “Brooke especially took a liking to dad. They got along like peas and carrots.” Back in 2009, Becker was hoping that he would have his daughter to celebrate Christmas with. Unfortunately, Becker had last seen his daughter back in 1979, when she was just a baby.
Their separation occurred when April’s mother fled when she was only an infant. “She just went off the deep end and took off.” April, who knew the story, also mentioned, “I know that they had a disagreement, and my mom thought it was best to leave. I blame them both equally for making a poor decision. After 15 or 20 years, I decided I wasn’t going to be angry about it. For a girl not knowing her dad, not having a father figure. Growing up not knowing half the person you are is very hard.” Her dad currently lives in Kansas, while his ex-wife lives in Tulsa.
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