Just in case you need a warning. Watching this video definitely requires kleenex.
This Sunday is Father's Day and this year, Budweiser is shining an unexpected light on fatherhood by toasting stepfathers who have risen to the occasion and owned their roles as fathers. I personally know quite a few of these fine men.
Budweiser created a short film that documents heartfelt stories of three real stepchildren as they surprise their fathers by asking to be officially adopted.
The lead up to the big ask is so moving as children talk about their journey into accepting their stepfathers, which is probably something many families can relate to.
"When I met Paul 28-years ago I was a fiery little a...a brat," said Shealyn, laughing, as daughter and stepdad sat side-by-side in adirondack chairs. The two met when Shealyn was only 6. The two can be seen fishing from a dock in one scene.
"You said it, not me," said stepdad Paul, adding, "As a stepfather you have boundaries and the relationship develops over time and I just took things day by day and we grew as a family.
Stepfathers embark on a difficult journey when it comes to building a relationship with their stepchildren.
Although there are often ups and downs, many stepchildren grow to consider their stepfather one of the most important people in their lives.
The film is a tribute to all fathers who step up for their families every day. Here it is:
"On a day when the world celebrates fathers, Budweiser wants to shine an unexpected light on fatherhood," said Monica Rustgi, Vice President of Marketing for Budweiser.
"That’s why this Father’s Day, Budweiser is toasting stepfathers who love their stepchildren like their own."
Budweiser is inviting people to tell their stories of a father who stepped up. For every story shared, Budweiser will donate $1 to the Stepfamily Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports blended families.
From 6/12/19-6/16/19, Budweiser will donate $1.00 to the Step Family Foundation for each story shared on this social media post, up to $10,000.