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After years on the job, they’re making it official.
A dad isn’t just the person whose sperm swam to an egg in order to bring you to life: He’s the person who raised you, who’s always been there for you, in good times and in bad. That’s why Misty Nicole Knight asked the man who raised her to make it official, and the entire heartwarming exchange was caught on tape.
In the video, Knight hands Ryan Farrell, her surrogate father, a gift box. On the box is a note, which she asks him to read aloud for other family in attendance to hear.
“I just want you to know that you are the most amazing man I have ever met,” Farrell reads from Knight’s letter. “’You’ve raised me my whole life, from putting my hair in tight Princess Leia buns, forging my signature in fifth grade, jamming out to alternative music, going on Warped Tour and even our first rock concert together, leading up to us laughing at cats wearing leggings.”
Before reading the letter, Farrell asks Knight if the gift was going to make him cry—he had no idea what was coming. When he opens the box, he finds something “better than Batman versus Superman”: papers to petition for adoption.
Comments on Knight’s video, which has been viewed more than 22 million times on Facebook, indicate the young woman has been wanting to do this for a while. From the tears streaming from his eyes, it seems like Farrell is in.
Marisa Kabas is a lifestyle reporter and activist. Her work has been published by Fusion, Fast Company, and Today. She’s also served as an editorial campaigns director for Purpose PBC, a social movement incubator.