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Father's Day | Billy's Story

Spend any time with Billy and you’ll quickly learn that his children—Abba, Mattie, and Walton—mean everything to him. We sat down with him to talk about his experience being a dad, how he feels about becoming a father-in-law, and his favorite way to spend Father’s Day.

Did you always want to be a dad?

Yeah, I was certainly always looking forward to it. We waited till later in life to have children, so we kind of did the steps with, okay, let's have some dogs and that becomes your focus before you have children and then your whole life changes, everything changes in a blink of an eye. Your whole focus turns to being a father.

Billy Reid and his son for Father's Day
Billy Reid and his son for Father's Day

When you became a father what were your expectations?

I didn't go in with too many expectations because you just don't know. I mean, you really don't; you're really kind of on your own. You're the first responder to everything, it's the most important thing in your life, and you just kind of learn as you go.

I was so fortunate because Jeanne’s just so amazing, such an amazing mom. She's one of nine children so there's a lot of experience on that side. She's been the best teacher of how to be a parent that I could have. 

Looking back, what are some of your favorite memories?

You know, there's so many. When you go back and actually look at photographs, not things on your phone, and find those pictures where they're just asleep in your arms or those moments around the table or outside in the yard. I mean, they've just been such unbelievable kids. They have made us look good as parents. 

They all have such a kind heart, and that to me is their best quality. They get that from their mom.

Jeanne gets the credit for that?

She gets all the credit for sure!

You’re going to become a father-in-law soon. How do you feel about that?

It hasn't fully hit me in a lot of ways because they've dated since they were 15, so he's always been a part of our family—now it's official. 

My father-in-law was just the greatest guy on the planet and he treated me just like his sons. I have such a great example with him, honestly. So I want to channel that.

What’s your ideal way to spend Father’s Day?

Just having us together, that's the main thing. Really just having that time, those laughs, and everybody together.

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