A long long time ago, in 1967, a period of time that most millennials can't even fathom to understand, Eric Williams was born in Louisiana. I can't even begin to express the love and admiration that I have for this man who seems to have done it all. Through times happy or tough my father has been a light to the dark that I've lost myself in. One of the most important lectures, speeches, or anecdotal truths my dad has told me is, "I've made the same mistakes you have and even though I don't want you to make those same mistakes you have to make them and hopefully you learn from them."

My dad , grandfather, and myself about one year old.

Eric Williams, the man, the father, the best friend, has taught me a great deal about life and myself. Him turning 50 isn't just a milestone for himself, but for my sisters and I as well. We can finally call him an old man and mean it! Through thick and thin, I have the opinion that my dad is the best dad I could have and perhaps the best dad in the world. Never rushing to judgment and needlessly apologizing for his faults, Eric has surpassed his duties as a father after all of his kids have turned into adults. Yeah, you can say that family is there to help you when you need help, but this guy, this hero, has done more than any kid could expect from his parents after leaving his home, his city. So, thank you Dad for all that you have done for me throughout my 28.75 years on this earth and here's to another 50+ years! Check out the slideshow below to see some moments from my younger days.