The 34-year-old actor might know a thing or two about balancing fatherhood and a successful career with one of the hottest shows on television, but as the Texas native shares, it’s his children that keep him grounded.
Cortese-Padalecki shared the letter that has her husband of seven years, Padalecki, expressing his unwavering gratitude to his three little sweethearts and in his words, turning his “world upside down.”
Proudly sharing his letter for readers and fans, Cortese-Padalecki writes, “The kids may be a little too young to fully appreciate it, but one day I hope they read this and know what a great dad they have. When it comes to being a father, Jared has found his calling.”
The letter, penned around Father’s Day, has Padalecki diving deep and sharing with the world what the June holiday means to him.
“I realize Father’s Day was supposed to be about…well… ‘fathers’…praising them and thanking them and making them feel needed and appreciated,” he wrote. “But, as the ‘father’ in this relationship, I wanted to change things up a bit. Specifically, I wanted to take this opportunity, after my fifth Father’s Day (and counting), not to say ‘you’re welcome,’ but to say ‘thank you.’”
Padalecki then lists a series of “thank you’s” to his two sons and daughter that range from thanking them to waking him up “earlier than a rooster would even consider crowing.” He also thanks them most adorably as using him for “a punching bag” and a “bean bag.”
The lengthy list is filled with sweet, lighthearted jokes, but also incredibly moving notes about how happy the last five years have made him and what fatherhood truly means.
“I have your back. Now and always,” he wrote. “Though, I should warn you, sometimes ‘having your back’ will mean not letting you do something you think you want to. Or, maybe it will even mean ‘scolding you’ when you’re doing something dangerous, or ‘correcting you’ when you’re frustrated and lashing out, or not quite being who your mother and I know you can be.”
Padalecki ends his letter by writing, “You’ve humbled me. You’ve humbled me. You’ve helped me rediscover the joy of discovery. You’ve turned my world upside down. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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