When one stepdad received a photo frame from his stepson, he thought it was the most heartwarming gift. However, it wasn’t until he looked on the back of the gift that he found an envelope. And what he found inside would change his life forever.
Tyler Dukes comes from the city of Macon in Georgia. He lives there with his mom Angela Wilson and his stepdad Blake. Although Blake was a late addition to Tyler’s life, the pair shared a very special bond.
In fact, their relationship was just like that of any other father and son. “Blake’s been a father to Tyler since he was 13 so they’ve been extremely close. You couldn’t tell they weren’t biological,” Angela said in an interview obtained by StoryTrender in July 2017.
Over the years, the pair no doubt shared the many ups and downs that being a family can bring. Blake made sure he was always there for Tyler come rain or shine. As a result, growing up, the young man always knew that he had someone to rely on.
Both men cherished their beautiful relationship. However, it was particularly important for Tyler to have a positive male role model in his life. “His biological father hasn’t ever been around and hasn’t seen him in years,” Angela revealed.
Consequently, Tyler was grateful to Blake for filling the father-shaped hole in his life. So, when he turned 20, Tyler wanted to do something for his stepdad to show how much he meant to him. And that’s when Tyler thought of the most wonderful thank you gift.
The young man decided to surprise his stepdad with the present on Father’s Day, 2017. To do so, he gathered his family around a table so they could all share in Blake’s joy. However, Tyler had no idea of the amazing reaction his gift would cause.
A camera captured the scene as it unfolded on that fateful day in June. The resulting footage opened with Blake sat in front of a basket filled with gifts. He lifted them out one by one and was clearly overjoyed to receive four cans of Monster and some pens.
However, little did Blake know that the best present was still to come. Just as the stepdad thanked his family for his spoils, they pointed out that there was “one more.” Blake then rustled through some paper to find a photo frame nestling at the bottom of his basket.
The frame contained an image of Tyler and Blake. And underneath the photograph was a verse that summed up the young man’s feelings for his beloved stepdad. “Some people would say you’re not my real dad, but we know this isn’t true,” read the first line.
“For you’ve been a real dad to me in all the things we’ve been through,” the verse continued. “Although we’re not tied by bloodlines, the love and trust you’ve given me is a precious gift, day after day, and that’s what counts as a Real Dad to me. So can we make it official.”
As he read the sweet message, Blake’s face broke out into a smile. However, it soon became clear that his grin was hiding a deeper feeling. Because, as he went to say thank you to his stepson, his voice cracked with emotion.
Blake then turned the frame around to discover a brown envelope attached. After some prompting from his family, he opened it up and pulled out a piece of paper. Then, reading what the document stated, he collapsed into a fit of tears.
It turned out that Tyler had surprised Blake with some adoption papers. He wanted his stepdad to officially adopt him so that they could share the same surname. Furthermore, if Blake agreed, it would finally make the pair father and son.
To help him with his life-changing surprise, Tyler had enlisted the help of his mom Angela. “Last year he came to me and told me he wanted it to be official and legal and that he wanted Blake’s name,” she revealed.
However, she added that the execution of the plan was all down to Tyler. “He wanted to do it on Father’s Day so it would be memorable and more meaningful,” Angela said. “We had never really discussed it with Blake. [He] was already his dad in every other way.”
With that said, it seemed that Blake had little inkling about what Tyler had been planning. He continued to sob like a baby into his hands. Even a comforting hug from his stepson couldn’t stop his tears from falling.
All of a sudden some of the other presents Blake had received started to make sense. He had originally thought the pens his family had gifted him were for him to use at work. However, they intended him to sign the adoption document with them.
However, Blake would need to calm down before he could think about making his mark on an official document. He could barely bring himself to talk, never mind take command of a pen. “I can’t write right now,” he told his onlooking family.
Eventually, Blake managed to compose himself. After wiping away his tears with a tissue, he turned to Tyler and embraced him in the biggest bear-hug imaginable. “Thank you,” he told him, for what may have been the best Father’s Day present he’ll ever receive.