Dads do embarrassing things sometimes. They make bad jokes, they’re skeptical about our significant others, and sometimes they make you do random things like sit for an interview after every first day of school. At least that was the case for Seattle teen Mackenzie Scruggs.
Her dad Kevin sat her down for a quick interview at the end of every first day of school she ever had, from kindergarten to 12th grade, asking her questions like, “Did you learn anything?” and “What was your favorite thing that you did today?” The older she gets, the more relatable her answers. She’s excited about all the normal things school girls are excited about: cute boys, football games, and prom. Her thoughts change a little every year, but one thing remains consistent all throughout: her dad saying he loves her, and her replying a sweet, “love you too.”
Kevin posted the video to Youtube on June 10, the day of Mackenzie’s high school graduation. “People are watching in three minutes what I’ve had the privilege to watch in 13 years,” the pastor and life coach told Huffpost. “I’m sentimental. I’m looking at my little girl and thinking she’s going to grow up really fast and this is going to be a cool thing for me to do.”
It was put together by Kevin’s coworker T.J. McConohay, and Mackenzie saw it for the first time at a film festival at her church. It already has over 1.5 million views on Youtube. Kevin told HuffPost that he could hear her “gasp” as she sat behind him. As if he wasn’t already Dad Of The Year, he has a second daughter for whom he’s been doing the same thing, and in two years, will have another video to put together.
In a response video he posted to his channel on June 12, he thanked everyone for all the positive feedback and expressed his shock at the virality of his first video. Of course, it couldn’t have happened without Mackenzie.
“She’s a pretty amazing kid, he said, “and I’m one lucky dad.”
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