Fathers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are our biological dads, some are our grandfathers, some are simply counselor-like figures in our lives. They’re all different, but they all have one important thing in common: they love us unconditionally, and provide guidance when we need it the most. (And they usually give us a nickname or two.)
Which is why Father’s Day is so important. It’s easy to take that kind of love for granted, unless we’re forced to stop and appreciate it now and again.
Caitlyn Emery’s biological dad is no longer in the picture, and Caitlyn’s stepfather has played a huge role in raising Caitlyn and her sister. So, for Father’s Day, the girls decided to surprise their stepfather with adoption papers, so that he could officially be their legal father.
Caitlyn posted a video of the gift exchange to Twitter, saying “Forever grateful for you being our father figure.”
The tweet garnered over 129,000 favorites and 29,000 retweets.
Not surprisingly, Twitter was collectively holding back tears over the incredible gesture and the stepdad’s heartwarming reaction.
What? I’m not getting choked up, YOU’RE getting choked up!
Oh, and, of course, people were obsessed with the dog — because his happiness is contagious.
This sweet and genuine act is a nice reminder that Father’s Day isn’t just about celebrating biological fathers — it’s about appreciating all the father figures in our lives.
And no, you may not start singing “Father Figure” by George Michael.